Watch a recording of our October 5th panel, The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Future of Feminist Jurisprudence, here.

Listen to Me: A Story About Black Women Told By Black Women

Poster image for Listen to Me event

A Discussion with the Filmmakers

Please join us Friday, March 26 at 2:30 pm on Zoom for a discussion with Kanika Harris and Stephanie Etienne about their upcoming documentary, Listen to Me. 

Listen to Me is the story of four women and the cost of motherhood. These women stand at the front lines of the Black maternal health struggle as birth workers and public health experts while walking the delicate tightrope of birthing in the United States. This is a story of the deep complexities and troubling challenges that Black mothers experience. Beyond dismal statistics, Listen to Me centers the voices and spirit of Black women. 

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Kanika Harris, Co-Director  
Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH is a Health Behavioral Scientist based in the Washington, DC area. Kanika Harris is a mother, doula and serves as a public health expert for the DC Mayor’s Lactation Commission. Kanika’s work broadly focuses on social determinants of health, women’s health, and HIV prevention.

Stephanie Etienne, Co-Director  
Stephanie Etienne, CNM, MPH is a New York native of Haitian descent. She is a midwife and believes reproductive justice is a human right. Stephanie also believes that the conditions under which children enter the world should be empowered and honored. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her family.

Four women in the struggle for reproductive justice turn the camera on themselves 

Four stories about the cost of motherhood triumphs, joy, healing, and finding answers

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Sponsored by:
- UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology Virtual Colloquium Series
- Five College Culture, Health, and Science Program
- Amherst College Department of Anthropology
- Mount Holyoke College Department of Anthropology
- Five College Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Certificate
- Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar 

Public Lecture by Sarah Knott, author of "Mother is a Verb: An Unconventional History"

Thursday, February 20, 7:00pm, Chapin Hall 101
Amherst College
More information:  Prof. Jen Manion, Amherst College (

Mothering is as old as human existence. But how has this most essential experience changed over time and cultures? What is the history of maternity—the history of pregnancy, birth, the encounter with an infant? Can one capture the historical trail of mothers? How?  In Mother Is a Verb, the historian Sarah Knott creates a genre all her own in order to craft a new kind of historical interpretation. Blending memoir and history and building from anecdote, her book brings the past and the present viscerally alive. It is at once intimate and expansive, lyrical and precise.

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

Friday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 5th
Hampshire College

Annual conference for student and community activists

Conference website      Registration Deadline:  March 27th    Register Here!