Embodying Social Injustice: Why Past and Present Structural Racism Matters for Health and Justice Today

December 3, 2018

Dr. Nancy Krieger, PhD, will discuss how health inequities in the US today reflect how people biologically embody structural injustice, both past and present.  Challenging the dominant view that the only inheritance that matters for health is genetic, she will consider the ongoing healthimpacts of the socially inherited histories of Jim Crow and racialized economic segregation.  Using ecosocial theory, which considers who and what drive societal patterns of disease distribution, Dr. Krieger will explore why thinking historically matters for challenging structural injustices and advancing health equity today.


Racial Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South

November 14, 2018

Diana Rodríguez-Franco, MA, JD, PhD, discussed the central arguments of her book, Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South, which she co-authored with Cesar Rodríguez-Garavito (Cambridge University Press, 2015).



Resistance and Power: Lessons from 2018 and Where the Progressive Movement goes from Here

November 12, 2018

A conversation with Ady Barkan in which we discussed the implications of the Nov. 6 election results, the need for action in the current moment, and our collective obligation to join and present organizers in pursuit of a better future.


Book Talk: The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex,  Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government  Plan to  Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

October 2, 2018

A discussion with Scott W. Stern '20 and his new book, The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women.  Commentary provided by Professor Alice M. Miller.


Criminal Justice in New Haven

September 26, 2018

The City of New Haven launched a program named LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) nine months ago to reduce police arrests made for low-level offenses. The City agreed to involve the community in the program's design and management. To date, the City has failed to involve the community in LEAD and has been unable to demonstrate that the program is reducing harms associated with the criminal justice system.


Building movements to challenge criminalization globally: a roundtable discussion on un-policing identity, sexuality and morality

April 18, 2018

The criminalization of non-hegemonic expressions of identities, sexual and reproductive practices, as well as assertions of bodily autonomy curtails liberties and rights and also threatens key global health and development imperatives, particularly in the global South.


The right to loiter: A conversation with Shilpa Phadke on gender, risk, and public spaces

April 9, 2018

Shilpa Phadke, M.Phil., Ph.D., is a feminist sociologist and author of the critically-acclaimed book "Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets." In this ethnographic mapping of women’s access to public spaces in Mumbai, Phadke frames loitering as an act that holds the possibility of disrupting public space hierarchies and building more inclusive citizenship


Khiara Bridges, "The Intersections of Class and Race: Imagining an Ethnography of the Reproductive Lives of Class-Privileged Women of Color"

April 2, 2018

Khiara Bridges, JD, PhD is a Professor of Law and Professor of Anthropology at Boston University and the critically-acclaimed author of The Poverty of Privacy Rights. Khiara will draw from her previous and upcoming work to discuss how experiences of class and race interact with and alter one another in the context of reproduction and pregnancy among middle and upper-class Black and Latina women in the United States



Current perspectives on Human Rights and ‘Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ (SOGI): A roundtable discussion with Victor Madrigal-Borloz

March 29, 2018

Current perspectives on Human Rights and ‘Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ (SOGI): A roundtable discussion with Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on SOGI, and global sexual and gender rights activist.


Marriage, (Sex) Equality and National Identity: Examining the Transnational Culture Wars through the “Obergefell of Europe”

February 12, 2018

In this critical conversation, panelists discussed the global circulation of ideas on marriage, (sex) equality and national identity. The event was based on an expected ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the recognition of same-sex marriage in all the Member States of the European Union in Coman and Others. The case concerns Romania’s failure to recognize the same-sex marriage between a Romanian and US citizen concluded in Belgium. Panelists discussed the ways in which international actors of all leanings are actively intervening in the European dispute over marriage equality, including US conservative groups, who, by calling the case “the Obergefell of Europe,” seek to re-frame the debates and defend what they see as “religious freedom.”

Panelists included the plaintiff in the CJEU case, Adrian Coman, who talked about his case and its possible outcome; Elena Brodeala (LLM ’18) who considered the way that the debates over this case intersect with the local efforts to preserve the gendered nature of the “traditional family” in Romania; and Professor Mary Anne Case (University of Chicago, Law School) who contextualized the case through a discussion of the transnational “war on gender ideology” and of the different political and legal venues chosen to fight for equality.


Drug Prices in the Spotlight: Why Are Insulin Costs Rising, and What Can Be Done?

February 7, 2018

Prices of prescription drugs in the United States have increased dramatically over the past decade. In the US, the average annual per-patient spending on insulin has tripled in the past 10 years - increasing from $231 to $736—though there have been no meaningful changes in the medicine itself. What happens when people who rely on medications for their health and well-being find they can no longer afford them?


Activism in the Age of Trump: Does the Fight to Save the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Provide a Model for Future Organizing and Resistance?

November 1, 2017

This session will explore the history and future of the battle to save the ACA (and to improve it!) with representatives from many of the organizations on the frontlines and will be moderated by MoveOn’s Ben Wikler. The panel discussion will maintain a forward-looking emphasis, examining whether the ACA fight offers a model for how grassroots, progressive organizing can be used to resist the regressive policies of the current administration and also rebuild politics at local, state and national levels


The Sexual and Reproductive Health Impacts of Zika on Communities in Brazil and El Salvador

October 31, 2017

The Zika epidemic has brought to the forefront questions about how governments address inequities and human rights in their responses. This Brown Bag event will discuss critical learnings, including
challenges and contradictions, that emerged from in-country research on the impacts of the epidemic on reproductive health practices and services in Brazil and El Salvador.


Rights Lawyering in a Besieged Republic: Constitutional Challenges in India Today - A Conversation with Anand Grover

September 27, 2017

Anand Grover is a senior advocate in the Indian courts, known for his path-breaking work on human rights, sexuality, and access to medicines. Grover co-founded the Lawyers Collective, and was UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. Grover will discuss the implications to Prime Minister Modi’s rise and health advocates in India, as well as our understanding recent court cases in the country.