Reproductive and sexual rights seminars

These free public seminars will be held mostly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Room 206, Robson Hall, on the Fort Garry campus from September to December 2018.

Graduate and law students: register to attend these seminars for credit.

Tentative schedule (please check back for updates):

Sept. 5, 2018: Introduction (UM law Prof. Karen Busby)

Sept. 12: Why are Convictions so Difficult to Obtain in Sexual Assault Cases? (Prof. Karen Busby)

Written summary, podcast (Part I , Part II , Part III , Part IV), PowerPoint

Assigned Reading: Busby, Barkaskas, Krishnan, Verner. Optional: Craig, Haskell.

Sept. 19: What Should University Sexual Violence Policies Look Like? (Prof. Karen Busby)

Assigned reading: Dalhousie, UBC, Our Turn, Advanced Education Administration Act, section 2.3. Optional: Sheehy, SVP policy compilation, The Hunting Ground (2015 documentary).

Sept. 26: The “Walking with Our Sisters” Project and Other Community Responses to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (Tanya Kappo)

Assigned reading: MMIWGI Interim report, Fox Lake testimony. Optional: BartonMMIWGI video clips.

Oct. 3: Thinking about Marginalized Sexual Practices: 1 p.m. Robot Sex (UM philosopher Dr. Neil McArthur) & 2:30 p.m. Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism (Prof. Karen Busby)

Assigned reading: Strikwerda, Khan, Busby (Tied), look for updates on child sex doll case of Kenneth Harrison. OptionalLars and the Real Girl (movie) and Her (movie).

Oct. 10: Student presentations on university sexual violence policies.

Assigned reading: online student submissions.

Oct. 17: The Legal Regulation of Surrogate Motherhood (Prof. Karen Busby)

Assigned reading: Berk, White, CFAS position statements. Optional: search for commentary on Bill C404, a private member’s bill introduced by Anthony Housefather.

Oct. 24: Laws Touching on Pregnancy Termination: (Nadine Sookermany, executive director of Women’s Health Clinic)  & Skewed Sex Ratios (Dr. Marcelo Urquia, UM community health sciences)

Assigned reading: Berer, International Women’s Health Coalition, Wanigaratne, Urquia. Optional: Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada case and updates (on appeal to OCA), ARCC.

Oct. 31: 1 p.m. Vulnerable Youth: Children Exploited in Sex Work (Dr. Cathy Rocke, UM Social Work) & 2:30 p.m. Vulnerable Youth: LGBT Identity and Expression (Dr. Fenton, UM Recreational Studies)

Assigned reading: Rocke. Optional: Whitehead.

Nov. 7: Queer Political Organizing (Centre for Human Rights Research manager Helen Fallding and Queer Yukon’s Stephanie Hammond)

Assigned reading: Korinek. Optional: Hunt & Holmes.

Nov. 14: Fall break, no seminar

Nov. 21: HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction and Criminalization (Dr. Pierre Plourde, medical officer of health, and Dr. Paula Migliardi, healthy sexuality and harm reduction, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Assigned reading: WRHA

Nov. 28? LGBT Purge Litigation (lawyer Doug Elliot and former Canadian army officer Michelle Douglas)

Assigned reading: LGBT Purge.

Readings and other materials

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