Gratuitous plug: I am presenting a paper on baby dumping. It is a genuine honor to be included in such an outstanding group of scholars. Please join us! The ASIC throws the best adoption conferences with the coolest people!…and a good selection of Bastard Nationals and friends presenting!
at MIT, Cambridge, MA
April 29-May 2, 2010
*Anita L. Allen*
Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
—Allen’s work has focused on the law and ethics of privacy and data protection,
race relations and feminist philosophy. She is the author of numerous articles and several books: Privacy Law: and Society (2007); /Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability
—is an installation artist, filmmaker, adoptee and author of The Girls Who Went Away:
Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
the top 5 nonfiction books of the year. Hear Ann Fessler on Fresh Air.
—birth mother, writer, teacher, and book collaborator, has published three books with W.W. Norton. White Girls
—is Producer, Director, Writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural
Other speakers include: Marla Brettschneider, Naomi Cahn, Maryanne Cohen, Marley Greiner, Meredith Hall, Craig Hickman, Margaret Homans, Liberty Hultberg, B J Lifton, Kate Livingston, Karen McElmurray, Marianne Novy, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Adam Pertman, John Raible, Lisa Marie Rollins,Elizabeth Samuels, Sarah Tobias.
There will be a day of documentary films on Thursday, beginning with Sheila Ganz’s (left) film in progress Moms Living Clean.
Panels later in the conference will cover topics such as:
Secrecy and Policy
Lesbian/gay Secrecy Issues and Adoption
Complications of Search, Reunion and Aftermath
Transnational Adoption as Immigration Policy
Secrecy and Adoption: Historical Perspectives on the U.S., Europe, and Asia after World War II
Birthmothers: Agency and Activism
Biological Preference Critiqued and Analyzed
Secrecy and Openness: Legal Issues
TransracialAdoption in Contemporary American Literature
Adoptive Parents, Race, Difference
There will also be an evening of creative writing and performance on Friday, 4/30/10, featuring Lisa Marie Rollins; this evening and all keynotes are free and open to the public. All sessions free to MIT affiliates, and special rates are available for non-MITstudents and the un/underemployed.
For more information, visit our website (link above) or [email protected]
MIT Office of the Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences,
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Literature Section, Program in Women’s and Gender Studies;
University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts, Philosophy Department
Rutgers-Camden, Department of English
University of Pittsburgh Department of English
Professor of Philosophy
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nothing on LDAs…
i may see you there. pondering going. its a pretty easy trip from my neck of the woods. i like some of the sessions.
Ron and other LDAs might be interested in the paper on Sebastian Barry’s Secret Scripture, or at least in the novel itself.
I am really looking forward to seeing all of you there. I am hearing from more and more people planning to come, and I think we will have a good representation of birthmothers this year.
I already have my train ticket…I love places i don’t have to fly to:-)