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The Age of Roe: Voices from the Front Lines

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute will hold a major public conference January 26–27, 2023, 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. 

This opening session of the conference features speakers with a range of perspectives from the front lines of debates about abortion, birth, and birth disparities. Each will tell stories from their work and talk about the work of stories in their own social movement and thought leadership.

See "Conference: The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America" for event information to Friday, January 27, 2023, daylong program.

Lessons of Roe, 50 Years Later (Harvard Gazette, 1/31/23)

Fifty Years after Roe Decision, Harvard Radcliffe Institute Hosts Conference on Abortion in America (Harvard Crimson, 1/30/23)

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  • 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

Framing Remarks

  • 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


Moderated Conversation with Speakers

  • Moderator: Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Close of Program

  • Jane Kamensky

Related Events

The exhibition The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America is on view October 24, 2022–March 4, 2023, in the Schlesinger Library at Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

For those interested in additional programming related to this topic, the Boston University School of Law and School of Public Health are cosponsoring a conference, timed to coordinate with the Radcliffe programs, “After Roe and Dobbs: Seeking Reproductive Justice in the Next Fifty Years,” on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at BU.

Please also see "The Age of Roe: Related Events."

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