I’m heading out for Cambridge later this morning for the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture conference at MIT. This theme this year is Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies. You can see the program here. I’m delivering a paper on “safe havens.” Here my panel: Secrecy and Openness: Legal Issues Chair: Sara Dillon, Suffolk University School of Law “Preventing Harmful Secrecy: Blood-ties, Best Interests and Veto Victims.”Alice Diver, School of Law, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland Letting the Genes Out of the Bottle: Should New Paradigms in Medicine Lead Us to NewParadigms in Adoption?Martha Satz, Southern Methodist University ‘Safe Haven’ Laws: Promoting the Culture of Secrets and Shame in an Age of Adoption Openness–Ohio Case Study.” Marley Greiner, activist, Bastard Nation, Ohio So, things will be a little quiet here, despite a lot of breaking news in the last few weeks. I’ll try to post about the conference and some pictures.


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! *Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies* A conference sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Cultureat MIT, Cambridge, MAApril 29-May 2, 2010http://web.me.com/shaslang/ASAC_2010_Conference/ Keynote speakers: *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,/ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); /Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society/ (Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, l988) and /The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape/ (Miramax Books/distributed by Hyperion Books, 2004). *Ann Fessler *—is an installation artist, filmmaker, adoptee and author of The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children Continue Reading →