13th Feminist Legal Theory Conference:
Applied Feminism and "THE BIG IDEA"
April 7 & 8, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022 12th Floor, University of Baltimore School of Law (in-person attendance only)
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4-6:30 p.m. Our Bodies Ourselves Today
On Thursday, April 7, we are hosting an exciting, informative and interactive session on women, girls, and gender-expansive persons' health and sexuality. The session begins with a panel about the new Our Bodies Ourselves Today online platform that is a modern incarnation of the iconic feminist book, Our Bodies Ourselves. We are fortunate to have the creators of this important platform discussing how it will provide women, girls, and gender-expansive people with up-to-date, trustworthy, and inclusive information about our health and sexuality. The content of the platform includes abortion and contraception, childbirth, gender-based violence, growing older, heart health, menstruation through menopause, mental health, and sexuality. After the panel, we will invite our audience—our community—to share "stoop stories," brief stories about how gender and other intersectional issues of oppression or activism have affected our own health experiences, including regarding accessing, affording, or receiving treatment, care, or information, and our access to sexuality information. The final portion of the evening's program will be discussions about the role of Our Bodies Ourselves and the potential role of Our Bodies Ourselves Today in providing health and sexuality information and supporting activism. The evening events will be moderated by Prof. Margaret Johnson, who serves as an expert on the menstruation through menopause vertical.
Our Bodies Ourselves Today Panelists:
Amy Agigian, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Suffolk University (Boston), where she is the Founding Director of the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights. She is the author of Baby Steps: How Lesbian Artificial Insemination is Changing the World as well as articles, reviews, encyclopedia entries, and a memoir in progress. Trained in the sociology of women, gender, sexuality and health, at both the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Brandeis University, her teaching and professional presentations have addressed issues including commercial and technological procreation, feminist approaches to infertility, CEDAW and related human rights methodologies, and the politics of women's health. She is honored and thrilled to be pursuing her feminist dreams as Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves Today, which will bring critical, intersectional feminist health and sexuality information to further generations of women.
SANIYA LEE GHANOUI
Saniya Lee Ghanoui, Ph.D., is Program Director of Our Bodies Ourselves Today. She is trained as a historian and scholar of United States and European history, with a focus on the intersections of gender and sexuality, medicine, and media. Her doctoral work explored the history of global sex education and reproductive health in the 20th century. She has served as the Senior Producer for Sexing History , a podcast on how the history of sexuality shapes our present; an Editor for the global blog Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality ; and a Board Member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Follow her on Twitter @Saniya1.
SASHA GOODFRIEND, MPP
Sasha Goodfriend is a community organizer, curating feminist and queer experiences through partnerships with statewide government, community organizations and creatives alike. She works to advance this mission through her roles as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW) as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, Board member with the Transgender Emergency Fund and Co-Founding Board Member of Trans Resistance. Sasha graduated with a B.A. from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality studies, and received her Masters in Public Policy from Simmons University.
NOELLE ELIZABETH SPENCER
Noelle Elizabeth Spencer is a mixed-methods researcher pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. She earned her MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Noelle is passionate about health equity, with much of her work centering on the health needs of marginalized populations with a focus on people with uteruses. Noelle's interest in health equity began in undergraduate school, where she co-founded a comprehensive sexual health education program to provide reproductive health information to students at a local middle school in an underserved community. She continued to promote access to health education, by joining a research team focused on the creation of a comprehensive sexual health education smartphone application for 12- to 17-year-old girls. In her role as a Research Assistant at the Magee-Women's Research Institute, Noelle conducted qualitative research on the opioid overdose epidemic in Allegheny County. She collected participants' stories through in-depth interviews to explore opportunities for future interventions to address the stigma and poor health outcomes often experienced by individuals who use opioids. As a Ph.D. student, Noelle's work has focused on menstrual equity and addressing issues of access for diverse populations of people who menstruate. Noelle is passionate about bringing diverse voices to the table, and is actively working to achieve this aim. firstname.lastname@example.org | linkedin.com/in/noelle-elizabeth-s-34365a65
Friday, April 8, 2022 (attend in person or on Zoom)
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9-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Ronald Weich, Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
- Margaret E. Johnson, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, and Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law
- Patrick Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, University of Baltimore Law Review
9:15-10:15 Panel One: Big Ideas about Identity and Personhood
- Ariël Decoster, Doctoral Researcher at Universities of Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium, Masculinity as Property
- Greer Donley, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Subjective Fetal Personhood
- Laura Lane-Steele, Forrester Fellow, Tulane Law School, Contextual Identity
- Sakinah Tillman, Clinical Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law (moderator)
10:30-noon Panel Two: Big Ideas in Intimate Partner Violence
- Dr. Alesha Durfee, Arizona State University, Structural Intersectionality as a Method to Critically Analyze Domestic Violence and Law
- Elizabeth Isaacs, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School, The Corroboration Trap: Problems of Race & Gender in New York’s Domestic Violence Sentencing Reform
- Leigh Goodmark, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Imperfect Victims: How the Criminal Legal System Punishes Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
- Natalie Nanasi, Associate Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, New Approaches for Disarming Domestic Abusers
- Emily Poor, Clinical Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law (moderator)
Noon Lunch and Keynote Speaker
-1:30 p.m. Cassandra Jones Havard, Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Feminism, Intersectionality, and the Struggle for Substantive Economic
1:45-3 Panel Three: Big Ideas in Reframing Consent and Victimhood
- Lisa Avalos, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Innocence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Supreme Court Nominees and Sexual Misconduct
- Julie Dahlstrom, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Law, The New Pornography Wars
- Emily Stolzenberg, Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Nonconsensual Family Obligations
- JoAnne Sweeny, Professor of Law, University of Louisville, #MeToo as Social Media Vigilantism
- Sarah Gottlieb, Clinical Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law (moderator)
3:15-4:15 Panel Four: Big Ideas in Human Rights
- Asees Bhasin, Senior Research Fellow, Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, Yale Law School, Love in the Time of ICE – How Parents Without Papers are Stripped of the Right to Raise Their Children in a Safe and Healthy Environment
- Marcy Karin, Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Addressing Periods at Work around the World
- Elizabeth Keyes, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, Gender and the Coming Challenges of Climate Migration
- Jessica Den Houter, Clinical Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law (moderator)
4:15 Closing Remarks
Michele Gilman, Venable Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law
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