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The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America

  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 through
    Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Knafel Center OR Online on Zoom
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
The Age of Roe
Registration open soon

Harvard Radcliffe Institute will hold a major public conference to probe the complex and unpredictable ways that Roe v. Wade and its aftermath shaped the United States and the world beyond it for nearly half a century. The existential issue of abortion—and the galvanizing impact of Roe in particular—transformed the nation’s politics and public policy and its social movement energies, as well as the operations of the courtroom and the clinic. 

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eminent thinkers will gather as a diverse group, along many axes of difference, neither to praise Roe nor to bury it. Focusing on four major themes—international contexts, race and class, American public life, and visions of the future—legal and religious scholars, historians, sociologists, ethicists, and healthcare professionals will engage in searching, interdisciplinary discussions to anatomize Roe’s impacts, including in the post-Dobbs landscape.

Registration will open in the fall. 

Participants will include:

Aziza Ahmed, professor of law, Boston University School of Law

Khiara M. Bridges, professor of law, UC Berkeley School of Law

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and chair, Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

Charles Camosy, professor of medical humanities, Creighton University School of Medicine and Msgr. Michael J. Curran Fellow of Moral Theology, Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College

Ligia De Jesús Castaldi, Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law

I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law; deputy dean; and faculty director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, Harvard Law School

Donald T. Critchlow, Katzin Family Professor, Arizona State University

Fiona de Londras, chair of global legal studies, Birmingham Law School 

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, professor of history, Calvin University 

Joanna Erdman, professor of law and MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Canada) 

Nichole M. Flores, assistant professor of practical ethics, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia 

Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School 

Sherif Girgis, associate professor of law, Notre Dame Law School 

Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law 

Jane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Louise P. King, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School 

Ruby Yuen Shan Lai, research assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University (Hong Kong) 

Monica McLemore, Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair and associate professor, Family Health Care Nursing Department, University of California San Francisco 

Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and faculty director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, New York University School of Law 

Melissa J. Wilde, professor of sociology, University of Pennsylvania 

Daniel K. Williams, professor of history, University of West Georgia 

Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer on law and senior fellow on global health and rights, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, Harvard Law School 

Mary Ziegler, professor of law, UC Davis School of Law

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