-- Among the Panelists are a Documentary Filmmaker, Authors, Attorneys and Professors --
FLUSHING, NY, February 24, 2012—In a season that has seen presidential aspirants promise to overturn Roe v. Wade—and legislators in some states attempt to outlaw common forms of birth control—the topic of this year’s Virginia Frese Palmer Women’s Studies Conference at Queens College couldn’t be more relevant: it addresses “Reproductive Justice.” Held each March in celebration of Women’s History Month, the free and open to the public conference will take place this year on the fourth floor of the Student Union on Monday, March 19, from 9 am to 3 pm.
The panelists are seven women from a range of backgrounds and viewpoints. Speakers include Faith Pennick, director of Silent Choices, a documentary about the impact of abortion on African American women; two sociologists, Catholics for Choice board member Eileen Moran, formerly a research associate at Queens College's Michael Harrington Center, and City College Professor Iris Lopez, author of Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women’s Struggle for Reproductive Freedom; and historian Rickie Solinger, author of Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States.
Completing the panel are Loretta Ross, co-founder and national coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a grassroots educational organization; attorney Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, who has defended pregnant addicts accused of murder; and Queens College English Professor Karen Weingarten, who is working on a book, Beyond Life and Choice: Abortion and the Liberal Individual in Modern America.
The Virginia Frese Palmer Conference is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program at Queens College. Now in its eleventh year, previous symposia have explored women in sports, women in music, and pay equity, among other topics. The Women’s Studies Program offers students the opportunity to explore the roles of contemporary women and men in society from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on gender and its complex relation to class, race, ethnicity and sexuality.