The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy prioritizes collaborative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, bringing scholars, policy makers, nongovernmental organization members and others to the University of California, Irvine for roundtables, symposia and points of engagement.
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The Center hosts an annual international symposium to address pressing global concerns. The 2015-16 Symposium celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Baby Markets Roundtable series founded by the Center’s Director, Professor Michele Goodwin. Smaller roundtables take place twice per year, driven by the CBGHP annual research agenda.

The Center also hosts an annual colloquium series pertaining to relevant current events, as well as projects that fit into the CBGHP’s research agenda

Hate in an Era of Political Turmoil

The Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy’s 2017-2018 Colloquium Series Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil will launch on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a special event: Charlottesville: A Defining Moment, A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. This year, the CBGHP will host important and timely conversations that explore the rise in hate groups, speech and crimes; and the vulnerable communities they effect in the United States.

Congressional Briefing on Reproductive Health and Maternal Mortality

In cooperation with Congresswoman Robin Kelly, (IL-02), the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Initiative, this Briefing shines a bright and urgent light on the status of women’s reproductive and health care access and offers a crucial intervention on maternal mortality. ​Women in the United States suffer from an alarming rate of maternal mortality. More than in any other developed nation, women in the United States stand the risk of death during their pregnancies and childbirths. According to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) data, per capita, more pregnant women die during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States than peer, developed nations such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, England, Japan and others. Indeed, the United States ranks 50th in the world for maternal health and safety during pregnancy. What accounts for these horrific outcomes? This Congressional Briefing on Reproductive Health and Maternal Mortality addresses these urgent concerns.

  • Monday, October 30, 2017, Congressional Briefing, Washington, D.C.
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
    House Visitors Center
    (HVC 201AB)
    First Street NE
    Washington, DC 20515
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Reproductive Justic Initiative and LGBTQA Film Festival

Co-Sponsored with The LGBT Center OC
The Reproductive Justice Initiative’s 2017-2018 film series Breaking Out of The Social Closet offers a nuanced examination of gender identity, celebrating the clear advancements and legal victories in recent years, while also exposing the painful costs of fighting stigma, shaming, and stereotypes.  It explores how sex and gender status continues to impact individual safety, civil and human rights, despite obvious advancements in marriage equality.  

  • October 19, 2017: Co-Sponsored with BLSA, Check It
    6:30 p.m., EDU Room 1111 Light Refreshments Provided

  • February 1, 2018: Growing Up Coy
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talkback with local community leaders.
    EDU Room 1111, Light Refreshments Provided

  • February 8, 2018: Political Animals
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talkback with local community leaders.
    EDU Room 1111,  Light Refreshments Provided

  • March 22, 2018: Free CeCe
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talkback with CeCe McDonald, originally incarcerated for defending her life.
    EDU Room 1111,  Light Refreshments Provided

  • March 29, 2018: Paris is Burning
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talkback with T. Mychael Rambo, award wining actor, singer.
    EDU Room 1111,  Light Refreshments Provided

UCI Talks Sex and Gender

This colloquium series engages in timely, important conversations and debates on gender, sex, and race in politics, marriage equality, safety on campuses, and much more.  Join us for liberated, robust conversations on the role of sex, gender, and law in society.

  • October 27, 2016: Sex, Women, & Politics: Anita Hill & Clarence Thomas 25 Years Later
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

  • November 10, 2016: Race, Sex, & the 2016 Election
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m., LAW 3750

  • January 26, 2017: Interracial Intimacy: 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m., LAW 3500
    Event Postponed - new date TBA

  • February 23, 2017: When Pride Isn't Enough: Policing & Punishment of LGBTQ
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

  • March 30, 2017: Panel Discussion: Rape Culture & Sexual Assault
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m., MPAA 420
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  • April 20, 2017: Panel Discussion: Law & The Modern Family
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m., LAW 3500
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Women & Leadership: Breaking Barriers in Law, Science & Business

How do women break barriers in business?  What are the unique obstacles they encounter?  How do they forge opportunities?  Join us on March 20, 2017 for the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy's colloquium series on women in leadership, where we highlight chief executive officers, executive directors, and business leaders changing the way we think about women and entrepreneurship.  This spring we will feature a discussion with Syovata Edari, an award-winning chocolatier, businesswoman, and lawyer who has taken the world of chocolate by storm.

This event continues as a part of a larger workshop series that focuses on bringing the career paths of entrepreneurs in science and business to the forefront. Last year we featured Kay Napier, the CEO of Arbonne International Cosmetics.  Please join us.

  • March 20, 2017: Syovata Edari
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., MPAA Executive Commons
    Prof. Goodwin and Syovata Edari discuss the pursuits of law, business, and chocolate.
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Initiative for Studying Gun Violence Town Halls

The Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma will host three town hall meetings and other events across the country during the 2016-2017 academic year:
  • September 22, 2016, Chicago: Gun Violence and Vulnerable Populations Town Hall
    University Club of Chicago
    This town hall meeting focuses on how gun violence and trauma uniquely impact vulnerable communities, including racial minorities, children, the homeless, and individuals with mental disabilities. More details >

  • November 1, 2016, Washington D.C.: Congressional Briefing
    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201 A & B, 12:00 p.m. ET
    This Congressional Briefing focused on educating lawmakers and expanding awareness, discourse, and public policy on gun violence, trauma, and policing, particularly as it relates to how gun violence impacts low-income communities throughout the U.S. In just the past 14 years, firearm deaths accounted for over 470,000 fatalities, making death by firearm the second-leading cause of all violence-related deaths in our nation. This Congressional Briefing will educate lawmakers and the public about the public health, mental health, and economic impacts of gun violence. Participants offered recommendations for pathways forward. Joining us were: Dr. George Woods, President, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Judge Glenda Hatchett (ret.) (representing Philando Castille’s family); Camiella Williams, a member of Congresswoman Robin Kelley’s Violence Prevention Taskforce. Ms. Williams is a millennial who has suffered the deaths of 28 loved ones in Chicago due to gun violence; Robert Bennett, Esq., civil rights litigator and expert on police-civilian interaction; Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, psychologist and expert on child trauma; and Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Chair, Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma. More details >

  • November 1, 2016, Washington D.C.: Gun Violence and Trauma: Policing & Training Town Hall
    National Press Club, 6:00 p.m.
    This town hall meeting featured a discussion on policing, police violence, and training. It highlighted the privatization of law enforcement agencies, looking particularly at the fiscal structures that underlie, and at times demand, high risk policing practices. More details >

  • May 5, 2017, Los Angeles: Militarization of Policing Town Hall
    Feminist Majority Foundation, 433 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    This town hall meeting will examine the militarization of policing in the United States.  We will discuss the impacts of militarization on communities as well as the thin divide between soldiers returning from war and whether appropriate services are provided for those who have suffered from war trauma. Register Here >

Other Activities

  • April 21, 2017: Paul A. Lombardo - A Troubling Legacy: Eugenic Boundaries on Reproduction
    UC Irvine, Sue & Bill Gross Hall, 2:00 p.m.
    Paul A. Lombardo (Georgia State University College of Law) is a lawyer and historian who served from 2011-2016 as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where he participated in studies such as "Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946-1948" (2011). He has published extensively on topics in health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics, and is best known for his work on the legal history of the American eugenics movement. More details >

  • April 21-22, 2017: Law & Religion Roundtable
    This roundtable focuses on the values and principles at the intersection of law, society, and religion. Specifically, roundtable participants will scrutinize the tensions between law and religion in relation to four key thematic areas: reproductive rights and reproductive justice; physician aid-in-dying; LGBTQ concerns and the law; and parent/child relationships in medical care. This is a closed event for invited participants only. More details>

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