Five College Consortium

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program

Reproductive Justice, Intersectional Feminism & Palestine

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Integrative Learning Center, Room N-151

A panel event with renowned scholar activists Loretta Ross, Yamila Hussein-Shannan, Hind Mari & Leanne Gale

Loretta Ross is a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump.” She started her career in the women’s movement in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, NOW, the National Black Women’s Health Project, and SisterSong. Her forthcoming book is Calling in the Calling Out Culture. Her most recent publications are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Radical Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world.

Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English. 

Hind Mari's areas of expertise and interests include women’s empowerment and advocacy work, with emphasis on understanding the intersections of our social identities; cross-cultural communication; conflict resolution; and leadership training. She has presented on these and other social justice topics both locally and nationally. Working as director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community (CWC) gives Hind the opportunity to work full time on these issues and to foster growth for women and non-binary people of color.

Hind received her Bachelor's degree from An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her Master's studies, which she received along with her doctorate in Education, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on gender equity issues. Hind's previous work experience includes serving as the Assistant Director at the Center for Student Development, working with Registered Student Organizations; as Program Coordinator at the International Programs Office, overseeing the orientation program for international students and scholars; and teaching refugee students at UN schools in Palestine. Outside of her work at UMass Amherst, Hind currently serves as a Town Meeting member and is on the steering committee for Coming Together: Understanding racism, working for justice & building connections.

Leanne Gale is a student at Yale Law School, where she is an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and a Coordinator of the National Lawyers' Guild student chapter. She is also a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Yale Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, in partnership with New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Before attending law school, Ms. Gale served as a Social Justice Fellow at Ir Amim ("City of Nations"/"City of Peoples"), an Israeli nonprofit that works to advance the rights of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. While at Ir Amim, she worked extensively with Palestinian feminist and women's organizations in Jerusalem. Ms. Gale also served as the Grassroots Associate at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), where she organized local and national campaigns around issues of reproductive rights, health, and justice. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, The Jewish Daily Forward,, +972 Magazine, Bustle, Washington Jewish Week, The Fair Observer, and Mondoweiss.

Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Amnesty International, Palestine Advocacy Project, Center for Education Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), Western Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace, Brattleboro Solidarity, Smith Students for Justice in Palestine, Boston Jewish Voice for Peace, Smith College Women & Gender Studies and The UMass Amherst Departments of Communication, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy.

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Punished with pregnancy: Denying incarcerated women an abortion

Tue, Mar 27 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather

Following a B.A. in Anthropology and Chemistry at Amherst, Dr. Carolyn Sufrin received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Berkeley.

Currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins, she will be speaking in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather, at

Her topic is:

Punished with pregnancy:

Denying incarcerated women an abortion

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BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY -- A Documentary Film Screening

Wed, Feb 14 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Co-Sponsors: UMass Departments of History, WGSS, and Legal Studies; Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts; Five College Certificate in Reproductive, Health, Rights and Justice; Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire; and UMass Students for Reproductive Justice.

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Finding the Queer Radical Past: Scholars and Activists on the Legacies of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights

Fri, Feb 23 2018 (All day) to Sat, Feb 24 2018 (All day)
Student Union Ballroom

This conference will commemorate a moment in which LGBTQ politics were intimately bound up with anti-racism and left solidarity movements: against apartheid, war, and US imperialism. Our goal is to reflect back on the queer left and its legacies for today. Over two days, we will bring students and activists working for racial justice and LGBTQ freedom into dialogue with historians and veteran activists. Panels include a training in civil disobedience.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Emily K. Hobson, Dean Spade

​Other speakers include: Nathalie Amazan, Joan E. Biren, Umayyah Cable, BC Craig, Kenyon Farrow, Gil Gerald, Joan Gibbs, Kwame Holmes, Jim Hubbard, Jason Lydon, Gerry Scoppettuolo, Marc Stein, Carmen Vázquez, Jessica Wender-Shubow  

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From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

Fri, Apr 13 2018 (All day) to Sun, Apr 15 2018 (All day)
various locations

More than 80 workshops and trainings on topics including:

  • Abortion Access
  • Birth & Families
  • Environmental Justice
  • Criminalized Communities
  • Disability Justice
  • Freedom from Violence
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Media Making
  • Economic Justice
  • Politics of Population Control
  • Queering Reproductive Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Red State Organizing
  • Youth Activism
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