25 January 2013

"Endangered Gender" Symposium

Two of Regent law school's journals, the Journal of International Law and the Journal of Law and Public Policy (jointly published with the Regent's school of government) are sponsoring a one-day symposium starting the evening of Friday, February 15 and continuing until noon of the following day. The symposium's title Endangered Gender: A Discussion on Sex-Selective Abortion sums it up well. You can link to the list of panelists here and a registration form here. To top it off, you can't beat the price: attendance is free.

I can personally vouch for two of the speakers. You can read about colleague Lynne Marie Kohm here. Suffice it to say, not only is she a fine teacher and a prolific scholar, Lynne Marie has a deep passion for the dignity of women and for the unborn, passions which, as it turns, intersect in this symposium.

Dr. Prakash Tyagi has the distinction of coming the greatest distance to be part of the symposium. Dr. Tyagi is the executive director of GRAVIS, an Indian NGO working with the marginalized rural population of the Indian state of Rajasthan, where sex-selective abortion is a significant problem. I came to know Prakash while teaching at the National Law University in Jodhpur, Rajasthan as a Fulbright Scholar. His connections in the civil society side of Jodhpur are extraordinary, and Prakash connected my wife LaDonna both to the Lav-Kush orphanage and to Nav Jyoti Manovikas Kendra, a school and residential community for the mentally disabled, where she spent many days as a volunteer. I am delighted that Prakash will be able to attend this symposium and look forward to hearing his comments about the "on the ground" situation in his part of India.

The other panelists are also top-notch and collectively they will cover the gamut of the problem of sex-selective abortion, which is no long limited to places far away from the U.S. I am confident this symposium will be eye-opening for many. I urge all my readers within driving distance to attend and please link to this on your social media outlets and forward it to anyone you think might be interested.

And oh, by the way, it's still free.

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