Activities

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.

2020-21 Events

April 26, 2021: Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

The CBGHP hosted a town hall on University of California healthcare affiliations with Senator Scott Wiener.  In February 2021, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 379, the Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act.  The bill ensures that University of California Health System (UC Health) contracts with healthcare facilities that allow UC staff practicing in those facilities to provide a full range of healthcare services.  Speakers addressed why the legislation introduced as well as current concerns regarding inclusive healthcare. What is the status of UC contracts with affiliated organizations?  Are reproductive healthcare services and LGBTQ affirming care supported and protected by UC proposed affiliations and contracts?  Are the affiliated organizations aligned with UC values?

March 31, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: What's Next?

Barbara Arnwine, Susan Herman, Tricia "CK" Hoffler, and Dr. Julie Suk joined Dr. Michele Goodwin to consider the unfinished business of civil liberties and civil rights in our society. The conversation centered women and the communities adjacent to their lives, while tackling the most urgent issues of our times. In addition to addressing voting rights, immigration, and racial justice, the conversation engaged what inspires their work. What are the key civil rights issues that concern them most in these times? Are civil liberties at odds with civil rights? What offers them hope?

March 10, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Our program on March 10, 2021, Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, featured Dr. Michele Goodwin; Priscilla Ocen (Professor of Law and co-author of the influential policy report,  Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected ); June Carbone. (ACLU of MN, Professor of Law, and author of Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture); Priscilla Smith (Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School and pathbreaking reproductive rights attorney); and Alanah Odoms (Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana).  They engaged in a robust discussion about the future of Roe v. Wade, how the Supreme Court might rule on litigation in the pipeline, and offered insights on the current state of affairs related to reproductive liberties and justice, paying close attention to class, race, LGBTQ status, and disability rights.

March 1, 2021: Ongoing Challenges of Disability Discrimination in Law, Politics & Society

As our fractured country moves forward after a year of social unrest and political division—how can we work towards inclusion, equity, and real change in our society? In celebration of Zero Discrimination Day, the CBGHP and ALOUD welcomed leading activists and academics for a discussion of the intersectional issues of gender, race, and disability rights. Jasmine Harris, Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California—Davis; Ruth Colker, leading scholar in the areas of Constitutional Law and Disability Discrimination; and Dr. Michele Goodwin came together for a powerful discussion about how we can break barriers and overcome biases against communities that have been historically marginalized, overlooked, and misunderstood.

February 19, 2021: Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites

Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites and Bodies, an online interdisciplinary symposium hosted by UConn Law School and the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, featured leading voices at the intersections of art, race, and society. The event aimed to engage law, society, art, race, and culture through a dynamic lens. As such, we started from the premise that art, architecture, and culture are fluid and embodied not only on surfaces or in spaces, but also imprinted on the human body. Appropriation, exploitation, and even theft are not static concepts nor limited to land and space. The underlying question we continue to address is: “What makes a healing place?”

February 8, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Race, Sex, and Policing in America

Our program on February 8, 2021, Race, Sex, and Policing in America featured Dr. Michele Goodwin; Nusrat Choudhury, the Roger Pascal Legal Director of the ACLU of Illinois; Amy Fettig, the Executive Director of the Sentencing Project; and Judge Glenda Hatchett, former Chief Presiding Judge and department head of one of the largest juvenile systems in the nation.  Their conversation will grapple with the historic and modern-day challenges involving women, policing, and incarceration.  What are the lessons that can be learned from a history of policing rooted in race and sex discrimination? How have money-bail systems affected women? How does policing affect women even after they've been incarcerated, such as in cases of solitary confinement?  This program addresses the glaring blindspots in how policing is perceived, which results in rendering women invisible as victims and targets in the criminal justice system.

January 13, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice

Our program on January 13, 2021, Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice, featured Dr. Michele Goodwin; Aziza Ahmed (Professor of Law and author of Feminism's Medicine: Law, Science, Race, and Gender in an Epidemic); Cynthia Chandler, Esq. (co-founder Critical Resistance and Justice Now) and special guest Erika Cohn (filmmaker and director, Belly of The Beast) in a robust discussion about how mass incarceration affects women's lives, including their reproductive health and rights. They explain how histories of racial and sexual discrimination result in the mass incarceration of vulnerable women and they explore the tragic consequences for incarcerated women, including shackling, forced sterilizations, denial of medical care, and sexual violence.

October 30, 2020:  Women on the Frontlines: COVID & Beyond

October 7, 2020: The Appeal & Now This: Ending Legalized Slavery In U.S. Prisons

June 4, 2020:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction

June 30, 2020: Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses

May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society

Past Events

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April 26, 2021: Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

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PREVIOUS EVENTS:

March 10, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

March 1, 2021: Ongoing Challenges of Disability Discrimination in Law, Politics & Society

February 19, 2021: Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites

February 8, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Race, Sex, and Policing in America

January 13, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice

October 30, 2020:  Women on the Frontlines: COVID & Beyond

October 7, 2020: The Appeal & Now This: Ending Legalized Slavery In U.S. Prisons

June 4, 2020:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis 

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction

June 30, 2020: Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses

May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society 

Contact

Michele Goodwin
Director
mgoodwin@law.uci.edu
(949) 824-3897

Merima Tricic
Senior Fellow
mtricic@uci.edu