Panel to Discuss How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice

Loretta Ross
Loretta Ross
Rickie Solinger
Rickie Solinger

“How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice: A Conversation with Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger” will be presented Thursday, Nov. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Old Chapel.

The presentation will bring together scholars, activists and community members invested in public engagement to hear from reproductive justice activist Loretta Ross and public scholar  Rickie Solinger. Ross and Solinger will share their insights on successful partnerships between scholars and activists and discuss the complexities and importance of collaborative work in the context of the current contentious political landscape.

Ross is one of the creators of “Reproductive Justice,” practices and theory coined by African-American women in 1994. Ross was a co-founder and National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2007-12. Ross is a sought-after speaker and author of numerous books and articles about human rights, violence against women, reproductive justice and appropriate whiteness.

Solinger is author or editor of 11 books about reproductive politics and satellite subjects. She is also the curator of a number of politically focused, installation-based and photography exhibitions that have traveled to scores of college and university galleries, aiming to interrupt the curriculum. Solinger is senior editor of the book series Reproductive Justice (University of California Press).

Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP here.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research, the Public Engagement Project, the Office of the Chancellor, the health promotion and policy department, women, gender, sexuality studies department, the history department, the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate Program, UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, the Women of Color Leadership Network, the Center for Research on Families and is part of ISSR’s developing Racial Justice Education Project.