Previous Sissy Farenthold Fund for Peace and Social Justice Events

  1. The Rapoport Center's Spring 2024 conference, Disarming Toxic Empire, brought together academics, advocates, and artists working through intergenerational channels of memory and justice to respond to nuclear toxicity in all its forms and manifestations, in sites ranging from the Navajo Nation and the Pacific Islands to Japan, North Africa, and Ghana.
  2. Join us for a special lunchtime event with Dr. Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the historic Korematsu V. United States Supreme Court ruling sanctioning the incarceration of thousands of Japanese people during WWII.
  3. Speaker:
    Professor Ocen's talk highlights the racialized and gendered ways that incapacitation, or the idea of removing dangerous people from society, has been used to regulate the bodies and reproductive capacities of marginalized women. Specifically, through the “incapacitation of motherhood,” people in women's prisons are alienated from their children, denied reproductive care, humiliated during pregnancy and postpartum recovery, and in some cases, sterilized. It explores ways to contest these practices through both law and social movements, including prison abolition, informed by the principles of reproductive justice. Nessette Falu, Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, will respond.
  4. Speaker:
    • Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law
    Professor Song's talk examines the extent of hospitals' participation in policing and punishment, arguing that hospitals in the “free world” have become part of the carceral infrastructure, performing functions essential to the operations of mass incarceration by identifying criminals, helping build criminal cases, preparing people for incarceration, and treating and returning people to imprisonment. Snehal Patel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School, will respond.
  5. Speaker:
    • Professor of Law and N. Neal Pike Scholar at the Boston University School of Law; Co-Director of the BU Law Program in Reproductive Justice
    Using the example of the highly controversial forensic method known as the “floating lungs” test in the context of self-induced abortion and stillbirths, Professor Ahmed's will interrogate the relationship between scientific expertise, evidence, and lawmaking, and argue that contestation around medical and epidemiological evidence shapes the regulation and criminalization of pregnancy-related outcomes. Jennifer Laurin, Wright C. Morrow Professor of Law, will respond.
  6. Speaker:
    In this talk, Cynthia Conti-Cook will argue that because digital devices and the corporate archives that support them have given police and other system state actors profound access to the details of our daily lives, people forced into self-managed care for issues related to everything between birth through burial will increasingly need to rely on their digital bodies’ ability to safely traverse digital borders. Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, will respond.
  7. Speaker:
    • Dean and the James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
    Professor Rachel Rebouché will discuss the attempts by antiabortion activists to stop medication abortion by any means necessary, including through criminalization; the implications for reproductive justice and public health; and how abortion rights advocates can keep these implications at the fore of their own efforts to increase access to abortion pills through federal and state advocacy. Kari White, Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, will respond.
  8. Dr. Alex Nading, professor of medical and environmental anthropology at Cornell University, discussed heat, policy, and law in Nicaragua.
  9. This roundtable featured Dr. Raj Patel and Dr. Erin Lentz of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Dr. Alex Racelis of UTRGV, Carolina Mueller of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and Doris Brown and Ben Hirsch of West Street Recovery (Houston). Dr. Jason Cons, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UT Austin, moderated.
  10. Lunch & Learn with BU Law Professor Aziza Ahmed who will discuss the current crisis of crisis pregnancy centers.
  11. In this talk, Chilean legal scholar Amaya Alvez, who served as an elected member of the 2021-22 Chilean Constitutional Convention, argued that Chile’s Constitutions have long enabled natural resource governance that perpetuates (neo)colonial dispossession and makes Indigenous peoples invisible.
  12. Indigenous scholar and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Dr. Heather Dorries discussed the conflicting and contradictory nature of park management in Toronto, focusing on the ways park management has become part of the City of Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the ways the City has violently cleared parks of homeless encampments.
  13. This event featured Dr. Shafqat Hussain, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian Studies at Trinity College, who discussed livestock insurance, justice, and policymaking in snow leopard conservation in Northern Pakistan.
  14. This event featured Dr. Julia Dehm, Senior Lecturer at the La Trobe Law School in Melbourne, Australia and 2022-2023 Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and former postdoctoral fellow at the Rapoport Center who discussed reparations and historical responsibility in the international climate regime.
  15. This roundtable discussion, the first event in our Spring 2023 Cultures of Environmental Justice colloquium and co-sponsored by Planet Texas 2050, featured local activists and organizations discussing the ongoing justice implications of Winter Storm Uri.
  16. Professor Wendy A. Bach of the University of Tennessee College of Law discussed new book, "Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care," which focuses on Tennessee’s fetal assault law as an example of the criminalization of care in poor communities. Professor Aziza Ahmed, Boston University School of Law, responded.
  17. Melissa Murray, professor at New York University School of Law and leading expert in family law, constitutional law, and reproductive rights and justice, delivered an address titled “Race-ing Roe and Woke Warriors: Weaponizing Racial Justice at the Supreme Court.”
  18. A discussion with UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, hosted by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Center.
  19. This two-part inaugural event of the Sissy Farenthold Fund for Peace and Social Justice brought together elected officials representing Austin and Travis County residents at the city, county, state, and federal levels—along with abortion funders and abortion rights advocates—to share strategies for securing post-Roe reproductive justice in Texas and beyond.