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.
Image of Michele Goodwin in panel discussion

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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CBGHP: Distinguished Lecture: Professor Richard Epstein

Co-sponsored with The Federalist Society

Professor Richard Epstein of New York University Law School and the University of Chicago will visit with the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 12:05 pm -1:00 pm to present a work in progress: "The Nature of The Religious Firm." Professor Epstein’s research focuses on constitutional law, tort law, property rights, and communications law.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
12:05 PM – 1:00 PM
EDU 1111, UC Irvine School of Law
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Reproductive Justic Initiative and LGBTQA Film Festival

Co-Sponsored with The LGBT Center OC and W-HUB (Womxn's Center)
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

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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