Dorothy Roberts: Killing the Black Body 20th Anniversary
Tuesday February 21: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Dorothy Roberts, acclaimed scholar and professor of law, has spent her career investigating the intersections of law, bioethics, gender, and race. With her passionate and pathfinding book Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, first released in 1997, she traced the systemic racism in America's history of dealing with Black women's reproductive rights and decisions. From slaveowners' economic stake in bonded women's fertility to the dominant image of "Welfare Queens" that persists today, her authoritative account gave voice to a history of population control by any other name.
On the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking book's release, Roberts will join Glory Edim, Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter and founder of Well-Read Black Girl, to discuss its legacy and continued relevance in a world where not only governmental policies but activist agendas continue to leave out Black motherhood as well as Black women's reproductive needs.
This event is free to attend. RSVP on Facebook here. You can reserve a copy of Killing the Black Body here. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will take place on the Strand's second floor, in the art department, at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School where she holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander chair. She is also founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society in the Center for Africana Studies. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Besides, Killing the Black Body, her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002). She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law. She serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard Program on Ethics & the Professions, and Stanford Center for the Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Recent recognitions of her work include the Society of Family Planning 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and American Psychiatric Association 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award.
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Her book club has met with several award-winning authors including Margo Jefferson, Naomi Jackson, Angela Flournoy and Yaa Gyasi. WRBG’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Glory has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she is the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helps writers build community and fund their creative endeavors. Follow her on Instagram at @wellreadblackgirl for book recommendations from Black writers.