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Reproductive Rights and Freedom

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To register for free tickets to the symposium on March 4, click here.

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa, in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Program, will host the symposium “Reproductive Rights and Freedom” on March 4, 2023 at 101 E. Archer St, Tulsa. The event will foster public conversation on urgent questions concerning individual rights and bodily autonomy with broad implications for gender equality, community wellbeing, privacy, healthcare, tribal sovereignty, and free speech.

Historian Rickie Solinger will deliver a keynote address contextualizing the long history of reproductive politics in the US, from white settlement on the North American continent to the present. Three panels will explore the importance of reproductive rights and freedom for Oklahoma.  “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” will explore the present and future of reproductive rights in Oklahoma, drawing on the insights of reproductive health organizers who have worked on these issues in Oklahoma, Kansas, and elsewhere in the Midwest. “Reproductive Education in Precarious Times” will bring together educators to discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging with reproductive rights and justice in the classroom. “Centering Indigenous Reproductive Justice” draws together representatives from Native-led organizations in Oklahoma and beyond who practice community-based care grounded in Indigenous, multiracial, and multicultural knowledge and values. 

The event will also include a screening of the documentary The Janes (2022) followed by a conversation with co-director Tia Lessin on the history of community-based reproductive healthcare and its relevance today. The screening will take place on the evening of March 2 at 6:30 p.m at TU’s Lorton Performance Center (550 S. Gary Pl, Tulsa). 

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Tulsa’s Women and Gender Studies Program, Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice (TITAN), and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as our community partner, All Souls Unitarian Church.

Thursday, March 2

Lorton Performance Center at the Univ. of Tulsa

6:30pm The Janes (documentary): Screening & Directors Talk

Free public screening followed by Q&A with director Tia Lessin

Saturday, March 4 

101 E. Archer St. in the Tulsa Arts District downtown

9:30-10:45am    Keynote Address

Welcome: Zenia Kish 

Keynote Introduction: Jan Wilson 

Keynote Address: Rickie Solinger “What is Reproductive Justice and What Does Race Have to Do with It?”  

11:00am-12:00pm    Panel: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore 

Panel will include Priya Desai (Planned Parenthood Great Plains), Rebecca Tong (Trust Women), and Nancy Coryell (Roe Fund OK) 

Moderator: Tamya Cox-Touré (ACLU-Oklahoma)  

12:00-1:00pm Lunch 

1:00-2:00pm    Panel: Centering Indigenous Reproductive Justice 

Panel will include Dr. Corinne Sanchez (Tewa Women United), Rachael Lorenzo (Indigenous Women Rising), and Sarah Adams (Matriarch OK) 

Moderator: Allison Herrera (KOSU) 

2:00-2:30pm Break 

2:30-3:30pm    Panel: Reproductive Education in Precarious Times 

Panel will include Maria Hernandez (Take Control Initiative), Corinne Schwarz (OSU Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies), Jennifer Jones (TU- Film), Jan Wilson (TU- History and Women and Gender Studies)