Dr. Willie Parker & Lena Dunham on Women's Rights
Wednesday April 5: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In his memoir Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Willie Parker, an outspoken Christian pro-choice advocate, tells a deeply human narrative that speaks to the complex societal, political, religious and personal realities of abortion in the US from the perspective of someone who performs them and defends the right to do so each and every day. Using his own story: his Southern roots, the epiphanic moment when he had his change of heart, as well as those of the women he serves, Dr. Parker presents the Christian case for abortion.
He also looks at how a new wave of anti-abortion activism, aimed at making incremental changes in laws and regulations state by state are slowly chipping away at the rights of women to control their own lives. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods and bogus rules governing the width of hallways, Dr. Parker uncovers the growing number of strings attached to the right to choose—strings that are particularly straining to poor women and women of color.
Joining Dr. Parker in conversation with actress, director, and writer Lena Dunham, followed by a Q&A and signing.
Dunham is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. In 2013, she made history as the first female to win a DGA award in the Best TV Comedy Director category. She's also the author of the acclaimed essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'.