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.
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.

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: Paris is Burning
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Classroom discussion on race, class and LGBT issues with Professor Goodwin.
    EDU Room 1111,  Light Refreshments Provided

  • March 29, 2018: Free CeCe
    4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Talkback with CeCe McDonald, originally incarcerated for defending her life.
    EDU Room 1111,  Light Refreshments Provided

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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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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#MeToo: Making a Movement

Co-sponsored by the UCI Law Center on Law, Equality and Race and the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence

In recent months, #MeToo has become a shorthand for exposing the myriad settings in which individuals, particularly women, encounter sexual harassment and violence. The #MeToo: Making a Movement series seeks to advance a nuanced conversation about sexual harassment and violence. This expands narratives beyond Hollywood to include a broader discussion about families, religious institutions, academia, and workplaces that employ the most vulnerable workers. The series probes whether #MeToo is simply a moment or whether it is a developing movement responding to an urgently needed reckoning for our society. If so, how deep and wide do the experiences recounted in the press extend in our society? How can we give voice to survivors, while also forging due process? How do these issues relate to race, class, sex, religion, and sexual orientation? In this series, we seek to address not only sexual harassment and violence, but also healing, redemption, forgiveness, and restorative justice.

February 28 2018: Not Just a Moment, a Movement: Unifying Theory and Practice
5:15 p.m., EDU 1111

March 12 2018: Fostering Healthy, Responsible and Accountable Educational Environments
12:00 p.m., EDU 1111

February 28 2018: Addressing Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace and Professions
12:00 p.m., MPAA 430

February 28 2018: Violations of Trust and Issues of Accountability, Restorative Justice, Healing, Forgiveness and Redemption
12:00 p.m., EDU 1131

Women, Law, Society & Technology Symposium

The 2018 symposium on Women, Law, and Technology, brings together renowned scholars, activists, tech engineers, and policy makers to examine the ways in which technologies enhance the lives of women and girls, but also curate the spaces for sabotage, harassment, sexualization, and even the gendering of technology.  Technology is a benefit, but at times also a hindrance, not only in the spaces where technologies are developed, but also at elite institutions where science and technologies are taught.  This conference unpacks a broad and dynamic discourse on the intersections of sex, gender, race, and age in technology, to build a better understanding about bullying in tech; sexual sabotage, including robbing women of their work; the blind spots of algorithms; sexualizing science, and harming women with the aid of technology, including revenge pornography and other means that selectively target women for harassment. 

April 20-21, 2018
UC Irvine School of Law
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Baby Markets Roundtable

Hosted at the University of California, Hastings College of Law
Co-Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine School of Law

The Baby Markets Roundtable will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, policy-makers, civil society advocates, journalists, activists, and others to examine the myriad ways in which families are created, shaped, formed, and regulated. The Roundtable addresses the role and status of the child, mother, father, surrogate, grandparents, and the state in the creation and deconstruction of the family. Historically, the Roundtable explores the shifts in family-making, reflecting trends in single- and same-sex parenting as well as the ways in which heteronormativity constructs legal and social norms in child custody, child-rearing, and family planning.

May 4-5, 2018
UC Hastings College of Law
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