Come celebrate two of the RHRJ Certificate Advisors, Kirsten Leng and Laura Briggs, and their newly published books! Books will be available for sale, and refreshments will be provided.
About the books:
Laura Briggs, *How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics* -- University of California Press (https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520281912)
Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues esteemed feminist critic Laura Briggs. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines"—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. This crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others—from immigration to gay marriage, anti-feminism to the rise of the Tea Party.
Kirsten Leng, *Sexual Politics and Feminist Science* -- Cornell University Press (http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100895170)
In Sexual Politics and Feminist Science, Kirsten Leng restores the work of female sexologists to the forefront of the history of sexology. While male researchers who led the practice of early-twentieth-century sexology viewed women and their sexuality as objects to be studied, not as collaborators in scientific investigation, Leng pinpoints nine German and Austrian "women sexologists" and "female sexual theorists" to reveal how sex, gender, and sexuality influenced the field of sexology itself. Leng’s book makes it plain that women not only played active roles in the creation of sexual scientific knowledge but also made significant and influential interventions in the field. Sexual Politics and Feminist Science provides readers with an opportunity to rediscover and engage with the work of these pioneers.
Leng highlights sexology’s empowering potential for women, but also contends that in its intersection with eugenics, the narrative is not wholly celebratory. By detailing gendered efforts to understand and theorize sex through science, she reveals the cognitive biases and sociological prejudices that ultimately circumscribed the transformative potential of their ideas. Ultimately, Sexual Politics and Feminist Science helps readers to understand these women’s ideas in all their complexity in order to appreciate their unique place in the history of sexology.
Civil Liberties and Public Policy is working with Sanctuary in the Streets to hold a Rapid Response Training.
From the Pioneer Valley Workers Center website: "Sanctuary in the Streets is a network of 1,800+ people who are building the infrastructure to stop state violence against working people, including immigrants and people of color, as well as to organize a powerful working class movement. We are launching an emergency hotline to respond to workplace abuse, raids and deportations, and hate crimes." (https://pvworkerscenter.org/sanctuary-in-the-streets/) We welcome everyone to join us in this training as we build the movement for immigrant and worker justice.
The training will be about three and a half to four hours long, with a lunch break added in. The event starts at 10:00 AM, and the training will begin around 10:20-10:30 AM. We will plan to end by around 3:30-4:00 PM.
This training will be centered around very heavy topics, and will require an exertion of mental, emotional, and some physical energy. The training will require folks to move around. We will be focusing on how to interact with the police, meaning that if you plan to attend, you should be willing and able to take this training and apply it to real potential interactions with the police in this movement. This does mean that this training may not be accessible for the most marginalized groups, but it also means that those of us with privilege and ability have a responsibility to take on this work.
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/LkUpvH7LU4DbIQqy2
**Registration is REQUIRED. We will only tell registered folks which building the training will be taking place in by sending out an email to registered participants the day prior to the training.**
June 5-30, 2017
The Institute for Transforming Social Justice is a 4-week intensive summer program designed for students, activists, artists, and practitioners who have a passion for creating social justice. Led by four Hampshire College faculty members, with talks by community activists, practitioners, and artists, the program will engage strategies for social justice, including community-based research and practices, policy analysis, and participatory action.
**The application deadline has passed.**
Loretta Ross was a co-founder and the national coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organizes women of color in the reproductive justice movement. An expert on the politics of women's health, hate groups and sexual violence, she was Smith's activist-in-residence in 2013.
Following the talk, there will be a book signing for Ross's new book, What is Reproductive Justice?
"My hybrid poetry/bioart project, Pregnancy, presents a vision of trans latina reproductive futures, based on my experiences of cryogenic tissue banking, aka sperm banking, after having been on hormones for many years. At the 2014 Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Morgan Robyn Collado stated that violence against trans women of color is a reproductive issue, because we are prevented from living long enough to realize our dreams of having children. I want more than just to live. Existing literature on transgender pregnancy and family planning, such as in lesbian parenting books, focuses almost exclusively on transgender men. Books such as Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, focus almost entirely on trans men, while making on the most brief reference to the fact that trans women can bank their sperm. This reproduces a transmisogynist dynamic where trans men are highly valued by queer communities and transgender women’s concerns and existences are erased. In response, my project Pregnancy puts women of color feminism in dialog with bioart through DIY biotech and poetry describing trans of color experience. The emerging trans of color feminism can inform feminist movements for reproductive justice in important ways. Pregnancy was written during a two month period in which I had to stop taking my prescribed hormones"
This performance will be approximately 30 minutes long.
micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell, where she also directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab. cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates media art to reduce violence and increase health. Her book manuscript, Shifting Poetics, is currently under review and uses practice-based research to understand trans of color movement—including migration, performance, and mobility—in digital media. cárdenas’s co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010) were published by Atropos Press.
The Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate program, the Trans Studies Speaker's Series (TSSS), and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center invite you to join a workshop on teaching trans studies across our reproductive justice curriculum. How does and can trans studies extend and reshape the parameters of reproductive justice? What do reproductive justice frameworks offer trans studies? What curricular and pedagogical opportunities are opened up by an emerging field of trans reproductive justice? We will be joined by trans studies scholar and artist micha cardenas.
Please note that this event is for faculty only.
In this lecture, Carrie Baker explores how activists against youth involvement in the sex trades have organized over the last fifty years in the United States. From campaigns against juvenile prostitution in the 1970s, to the global movement against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the 1990s, to leveraging the human trafficking framework to address "domestic minor sex trafficking" in the 2000s, activists have repeatedly reframed youth involvement in the sex trades to generate sympathy for these youth, reform related laws and policies, and create services to assist young people with experience in the sex trades. But to do so, these campaigns have often mobilized cultural discourses about gender, race and childhood that have marginalized the most vulnerable of these youth and obscured the real needs of most youth in the sex trades.
Please join the Mount Holyoke Anthropology & Sociology Departments as they present "Mobilizing Around the Liberalization of Abortion in Latin America," a talk by Dr. Ana Christina Gonzalez Velez, an internationally known Colombian reproductive rights activist and doctor.
Thursday, March 2nd 5:30-7:30PM
Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke College
Come learn how DES (the first synthetic estrogen and endocrine disruptor) affected millions of families. This event will cover a wide range of issues: reproductive rights, advocacy and activism, drug safety, environmental issues, legal issues in RJ, and gender, sex, and sexuality.