I am happy to announce that I’ll presenting at the 2014 Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC). conference, Crossing Boundaries at Florida State University in Tallahassee.early next year.. I’ll be part of a Book Session panel headed by E. Wayne Carp author of the upcoming biography Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption (University of Michigan Press, 2014). A permanent title for the presentation will be announced in a few days, but for current informational purposes, we will be discussing the Jean Paton’s work and the book..
|Elizabeth Samuels (by Bastardette)|
I’ve presented twice at ASAC, in 2005 at the University of Tampa on Where We Came From: First Mothers in Film and in 2010 at MIT, with Floating Baby Moses: The Politics of Legalized Baby Abandonment. (not online.) It is truly an honor this time to be included with Elizabeth, Marianne, and Wayne.
I’ve met Elizabeth several times, and we shared a panel on records access at the Adoption Ethics and Accountability conference in Arlington, Virginia in 2007. She is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore .and the author of several important law review articles on first parent confidentiality and records access. (See link to her for a list of them)
|Marianne Novy (by Bastartdette)|
I’ve known Marianne for ages. She is a fellow Ohio bastard and the author of one of my very favorite adoption books, Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama and the editor of a another favorite, Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture. She teaches in the Literature Program in the Department of English at Pitt and a leading force in adoption studies..
Wayne, of course, is one of the pioneers in adoption history. He is the author of Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption and my favorite adoption book (naturally!) Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58. He is also the editor of Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives and numerous scholarly articles. Wayne teaches at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where he holds the Benson Family Chair of History.
|E. Wayne Carp|
We are a very cool lineup.
For more information about Jean Paton and her new bio, go to The Biography of Jean Paton webpage. Also, “like” the book’s FB page.
Jackie Kay, professor of Creative Writing, Newcastle University (UK) is a Scottish-Nigerian adoptee, and author of the groundbreaking volume of poetry The Adoption Papers, and the adoption memoir Red Dust Road.
Laura Briggs, Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is the author of Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adopton, the winner of the James A Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians Briggs, incidentally, in August published a very important op-ed in Indian Country, Why feminsits should care about the Baby Veronica case.