Author to discuss reproductive justice



    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Civil rights advocate, author and law professor Dorothy Roberts will discuss obstacles to reproductive justice during an April 6 lecture at the University of Louisville.

                Roberts’ free, public talk is “Killing the Black Body Redux: Twenty Years of Reproductive Violence and Justice,” referring to developments since her 1997 book “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty.” The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium with a reception afterward.

                Her talk is the annual Minx Auerbach lecture in women’s and gender studies, sponsored by the women’s and gender studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

                Roberts is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s race, science and society program and serves on Penn’s law and sociology faculty. She writes and lectures about gender, race and class in legal issues; her scholarship in law and public policy focuses on issues in health, social justice and bioethics, particularly pertaining to women, children and African Americans.

    Her books also include “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Recreate Race in the 21st Century” and “Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare,” and she was a co-editor of six books about topics such as constitutional law and women and the law.

                She earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She formerly was a professor at Rutgers and Northwestern universities.

                For more information, contact Nancy Theriot in women’s and gender studies at 502-852-8160 or


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.