Global Engagement Network Forum to Explore Reproductive Rights in 21st Century

Event to be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at The College of Wooster

February 13, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Global Engagement Network (GEN) will present “Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century” on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and continues through the closing remarks at 2:45 p.m. Sessions will be held in Room 305 of Kauke Hall (400 E. University Ave.).

“The purpose of the conference is to inform and encourage members of the college and surrounding communities to learn about an issue of global importance,” said Emma Kornhauser, a senior member of the GEN. “Through this, we hope to foster a campus- and community-wide discussion about reproductive rights locally, nationally, and globally.”

Five speakers will be featured, including Ngozi Cole, a sophomore at The College of Wooster, who will discuss reproductive rights in native Sierra Leone. Ashley Hartman, regional field manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, will open the event with “From the Heartbeat Bill to Planned Parenthood Defunding: Look Back and Looking Forward on How to Organize Communities to Defeat Attacks on Women's Health in Ohio.” Hartman is active in state and national social justice programs, and was recognized for her outstanding work at Planned Parenthood with the Rookie of the Year award in 2011.

Tina Reynolds, co-founder and chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH), will follow with “Reproductive Justice and Resistance of Women.” Reynolds is currently an adjunct professor at York, CUNY in the Behavioral Sciences Department, and an editor of the anthology Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States.

Danielle Bessett, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, will be the third speaker. She will discuss “From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: Abortion Funding and the Continued Struggle for Access to Abortion Care.” Bessett’s research focuses on the sociology of reproduction, and her current projects include a book about women’s experiences of pregnancy in the U.S. and ongoing studies related to abortion access and care, disparities in infant mortality, and factors that affect breastfeeding outcomes.

Abigail Adams, visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at The College of Wooster, will give the fourth presentation, “Life Choices: Abortion Narratives in New Mexico.” Adams’s research interests include political conflict and human rights, identity politics, postcolonial theory, urbanization and transnationalism, feminist anthropology, human sexuality, reproductive health and technologies, personhood in cross-cultural perspective, and ethics in scientific advancements.

Meredith Raimondo, professor of comparative American studies at Oberlin College, will discuss issues of reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS globally in the final presentation of the day. Raimondo’s focus has been on LGBT and sexuality studies. She is the recipient of a grant to teach HIV/AIDS in America for her First-Year Seminar, which addresses the questions of the state of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2434) or e-mail.

- Written by Libby Fackler '13