“The upcoming March 5th program, “Women’s History, Health, and Reproductive Rights,” features award winning historian and author, Dr. Rickie Solinger. The event will take place from 4-6, Tuesday, March 5th, at the Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium (third floor), with a panel discussion and reception to follow. Dr. Solinger’s presentation, “Choice vs. Reproductive Justice: Which is Better for Women?” will be followed by what we are calling a “frank and civil examination of critical issues” that will focus on women’s reproductive choice, health care access, and organizational support for women's health and safety. The panel participants will be Dr. Solinger, Dr. Idonia Trotter (Executive Director of Arkansas Minority Health Commission), Dr. Cathy Young (ASU Director of Nurse Practitioner Program), and Ms. Vicki Crego (Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas). Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman (Professor of History) will moderate. The program is presented by ASU’s Women and Gender Studies faculty with major sponsorship provided by The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and The Office of Diversity Initiatives and co-sponsored by The Department of History, The College of Nursing and Health Professions, Women and Gender Studies, and The Department of Political Science. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Solinger is the author of numerous books, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe V Wade and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States. Her newest book is being released March 1st. Dr. Trotter completed a concurrent Master's of Public Service and Juris Doctorate of Law degree program and graduated from both the UA Clinton School of Public Service and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. As executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Dr. Trotter played a pivotal role in the 2011 Arkansas legislative session to ensure the passage of several important pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of minority children, sickle cell and HIV/AIDS patients and successfully fought the passage of legislation that would have had a negative impact on minority health and minority populations. Dr. Cathy L. Young is an internationally recognized expert on women’s health and domestic violence. She has worked closely with Arkansas state police investigators and local law enforcement on cases involving domestic violence and abuse and contributed expert testimony for numerous cases. Ms. Crego has worked in Northeast Arkansas to educate the community about the prevalence of sexual assault and to improve the treatment of victims of rape and domestic violence.”
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