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Legal Scholar Dorothy Roberts Addresses the 'Biopolitics of Black Women's Bodies'


Terrilyn Simmons
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ATLANTA (March 6, 2014)
-- Renowned legal scholar Dorothy Roberts, J.D., will address the "Biopolitics of Black Women's Bodies"as part of the 2013-2014 Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series. During her lecture Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will explore the convergence of expanding reproductive technologies that incorporate advances in genetic science and a new biopolitics that relies on re-inventing race in biological terms using cutting-edge genetic science and biotechnologies.

Her most recent book, "Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century," is  one of the works central to this year’s lecture theme. A renowned social justice advocate, Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race and class in legal issues. She has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare and bioethics. A book signing will follow her lecture in the Cosby lobby.

Organized by the Teaching Resource and Research Center, this event is free and open to the public.

April 8, 2014
Lecture - 6 p.m.
Book Signing - 7 p.m.

Spelman College
Cosby Academic Center Auditorium

Supported by the Spelman College Office of the President, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Epsilon of Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, this year’s theme is inspired by the article “Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality (1994)” written by Spelman alumna and opening lecturer, Evelynn Hammonds, Ph.D., C’76, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and African-American Studies, Harvard University.

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 2012 to promote interdisciplinarity, a core value of the College. The series is named for the intellectual, writer and activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931), who used multiple analytical languages to confront the politics of the Black body as well as the complexities of full citizenship for Black women and men.  The 2012-2013 theme was More than a Vote: Women's Struggle for Full Citizenship. The distinguished lecturers were renowned activists and professors Angela Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry. The annual theme provides an intellectual umbrella for lectures, readings, events, panels and discussion groups throughout the academic year.

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Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; former Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu. Directions to Spelman College.
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