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“Killing the Black Body: The Urgency of Reproductive Justice”

As part of the “The Essentials of Reproductive Justice: Access, Autonomy, Action” series, there will be a talk titled “Killing the Black Body: The Urgency of Reproductive Justice” Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A.

This event has been specifically created for the Case Western Reserve University campus community to offer a basic understanding of what reproductive justice is and all the ways in which reproductive rights and reproductive health can be affected by social injustices.

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, will be the featured speaker during the event.

Roberts joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the law school, where she holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander chair. She also is founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society in the Center for Africana Studies.

Her path-breaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent social justice issues in policing, family regulation, science, medicine and bioethics. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002) and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.

Learn more about the series and register.