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Dying While Black: Race, Maternity, and the Reproductive Health Care System
A Lecture by Michele Bratcher Goodwin
The Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Reception to follow in the Hoyt Gallery. All attendees are welcome, and books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Reservations recommended.


COVID-19 Protocols: Although masks are not required, per the LA County Department of Public Health, it is strongly recommended that attendees wear masks for their own protection and the protection of others.

As the founder of the first law center focused on race and bioethics and a frequently cited author, Michele Bratcher Goodwin has shone a bright light into under-explored corners in the field of health law. Goodwin has received national awards for excellence in scholarship and teaching, and recognition for her committed community service, such as membership on the national board of the ACLU and in committees at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also an active public intellectual with a podcast for Ms. magazine, opinion pieces in all the leading media, and numerous radio and television interviews. In a passionate address, Goodwin will discuss racial and gender inequities in the reproductive health care system.

Michele Bratcher Goodwin
is Chancellor’s Professor and the founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine’s School of Law, where she teaches bioethics, constitutional law, family law, health law, reproductive rights, and torts. She is the recipient of the 2020–21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California. Her books include Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, Baby Markets: Money and the Politics of Creating Families, and Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts.

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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Pamela Schaff (Medical Education, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics), Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine), Ricky Bluthenthal (Preventive Medicine), Ron Ben-Ari (Internal Medicine and Medical Education), Erika Wright (Medical Education and English), and Joyce Richey (Physiology & Neuroscience and Medical Education). Co-sponsored by Keck School of Medicine’s HEAL (Humanities, Ethics, Art, and the Law) Program and the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

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