Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Adoption Conference at MIT April 29-May 2

*Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies*
A conference sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
at MIT, Cambridge, MA
April 29-May 2, 2010

Keynote speakers:
  • Anita L. Allen, whose work focuses on the law and ethics of privacy and data protection, race relations and feminist philosophy. She is the author of numerous articles and several books: Privacy Law: and Society (2007); Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability, Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society, The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax Books/distributed by Hyperion Books, 2004).
  • Ann Fessler, an installation artist, filmmaker, adoptee and author of /The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, based on oral history interviews she conducted between 2002 and 2005 with surrendering mothers across the country. See my previous post on this book.
  • Lynn Lauber, *birth mother, writer, teacher, and book collaborator, has published three books with W.W. Norton. White Girls, (1990) and 21 Sugar Street (1993), both fiction, that deal with the topics of birth families and adoption. Listen to Me, Writing Life into Meaning (2003), is part memoir, part exploration of writing as self-discovery.
  • Deann Borshay Liem, producer/director/writer for Emmy Award nominated documentary First Person Plural (PBS 2000). She is also the producer/director/writer for the new documentary In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, which will be broadcast on PBS in Fall 2010.

Other speakers include Me! (I'm presenting on blogging and adoption) and Lisa Marie!, Marla Brettschneider, Naomi Cahn, Maryanne Cohen, Marley Greiner, Meredith Hall, Craig Hickman, Margaret Homans, B J Lifton, Kate Livingston, Karen McElmurray, Marianne Novy, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Adam Pertman, John Raible, Lisa Marie Rollins, Elizabeth Samuels, Sarah Tobias.

Documentary films, panels on topics such as: Secrecy and Policy; Lesbian/gay Secrecy Issues and Adoption; Complications of Search, Reunion and Aftermath; Transnational Adoption as Immigration Policy; Secrecy and Adoption: Historical Perspectives on the U.S., Europe, and Asia after World War II; Birthmothers: Agency and Activism; Biological Preference Critiqued and Analyzed; Secrecy and Openness: Legal Issues; Transracial Adoption in Contemporary American Literature; Adoptive Parents, Race, Difference. There will also be an evening of creative writing and performance, featuring Lisa Marie Rollins.

Friday evening performances and all keynotes are free and open to the public. All sessions free to MIT affiliates, and special rates are available for non-MIT students and the un/underemployed.

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