Media Advisory: McGill hosts reproductive health symposium


Internationally recognized feminism experts to speak on women’s reproductive and sexual health issues

Women’s reproductive and sexual health issues will be the focus of the Symposium on Reproductive Health Matters, organized by the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW).

Featured speakers are Judy Norisigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, a women’s health advocacy group; Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Adelphia University professor; and Sarah Sexton of The Corner House, a social advocacy group based in the United Kingdom.

What: Symposium on Reproductive Health Matters

When: Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m.; Friday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: Judy Norisigian, Marsha J. Tyson Darling and Sarah Sexton

Where: March 22: Leacock Building, Room 219, 855 Sherbrooke St. W.; March 23: Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish

Judy Norisigian is the co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves, also known as the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, a non-profit women’s health education, advocacy and consulting organization. She will deliver a lecture titled “From Birthing to Hot Flashes: The Pitfalls of Medicalizing Women’s Lives.”

Marsha J. Tyson Darling is a professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies and director of Adelphi University’s Center for African-American and Ethnic Studies. She will discuss contraception and the politics of birth control in a speech titled “Considering Justice for Women in the Gene Age: Intersectionality and Reproductive Biotechnologies.”

Sarah Sexton of The Corner House, an organization that supports democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice, will discuss prenatal screening and the commercialization of embryos in her speech, “The F-word: Financial and Other Aspects of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.”

McGill Dean of Medicine Dr. Richard Levin will provide the opening remarks. Students, faculty and the community are invited to attend workshops after each lecture.

On the Web: MCRTW Events

Contact Information

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