Women's Lab Breakfast: Reproductive Rights Across Time, THINX, Wednesday, 24. July 2019

Join The Centre For Social Innovation in partnership with THINX to highlight  work being done in the field of reproductive rights. Facilitators will deconstruct the dualism in pro-life/pro-choice through historical context and workshopping. Additionally we will highlight current work being done to create full spectrum care models and increase self-determination around reproduction. 

Rhea Beddoe 
Rhea Beddoe is committed to ensuring that abortion, contraception, and family planning are not left on the sidelines of the national healthcare conversation — a reflection of her lifelong passion for social justice. As the Events and Membership Manager at the Society of Family Planning, she manages a national conference that brings together researchers and scholars committed just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science. Prior to joining SFP, she oversaw the daily programming operations at Take The Lead, a national nonprofit dedicated to getting more women into top leadership positions. Rhea has also worked as a campaign coordinator and fundraising consultant for New York City Council races. A member of the board of New York Abortion Access Fund, she is a fierce advocate for reproductive justice and increased access to abortion care for all who need it.
Maureen Connor
Maureen Connor
Maureen Connor has been a NY based artist and educator since the 1970s. Since 1999 her work has been structured as a series of collaborative investigations where human relationships and social interactions constitute a central focus. Her current project How to Perform an Abortion (with Eugenia Manwelyan) is a pedagogical art project that demystifies the historical, biological and ethical controversies surrounding fertility management while creating gardens that grow herbs traditionally used for abortion and contraception. Both as symbol and through function, the primary intention of our gardens is to assert that reproductive health care has not always been dominated by patriarchal institutions!
Connor is internationally recognized for her feminist work from the 1980s and '90s and has been included in numerous publications and exhibited globally. Teaching at Queens College, CUNY in 1990, co-founded the Social Practice Queens program in 2010 and is now Emerita Professor of Art. She co-founded The Institute for Wishful Thinking (IWT, 2008-ongoing) a collective project that shifts the role of the artist from cultural critic to change agent. Recently they have been working collectively on projects that raise awareness about the legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims, known as the Father of Gynecology, since 2015.

Eugenia Manwelyan
Eugenia Manwelyan is a New York based director / choreographer, educator, and urban planner. She is the co-founder of Eco Practicum desk-free school for arts and ecology, member of Best Praxis art collective, and a founding faculty of School of Apocalypse. She is currently working with the Sullivan County Land Bank to leverage the arts and housing toward regional economic development in the Catskills. Her work is rooted in radical self-determination, social choreography, and the connections between creative practice and survival. As a visiting faculty at Columbia University, Eugenia has worked on environmental planning and arts projects in the New York bioregion as well as India, Vietnam, and Jordan. Eugenia spearheaded a youth theater and peace-building project in Israel and Palestine that is now in its tenth year. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and her MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Women's Lab Breakfast: Reproductive Rights Across Time

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