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Pomona College Events Commemorating the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

 A series of events will be held at Pomona College to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade. A lecture entitled “Abortion and the Woman Question” will be delivered on Thursday, January 19 at 4:15 p.m. in Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). A celebration and a Claremont Colleges faculty panel discussion of the ruling will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 4:15 p.m. in Smith Campus Center, Room 201 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

At the January 19th event, Yale University law professor Reva Siegel will draw connections between themes from Roe’s roots—notably the sex equality argument—and the contemporary “woman-protective” arguments that would significantly restrict the entitlement to choose abortion. Siegel recently co-wrote Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (2010). She is currently writing about the role of social movement conflict in generating constitutional change.

Several Claremont Colleges faculty members will participate in a Q&A on January 24 and provide relevant background and framing for Roe v. Wade. The panel includes:

  • Pomona College Professor of Philosophy N. Ann Davis, who will give a brief synopsis of what the decision says and does not say. Among her areas of expertise is reproductive bioethics.
  • Dionne Bensonsmith, lecturer at Scripps College, who will discuss, “From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: Race, Class, and Access to Care After Roe v. Wade.”  Bensonsmith teaches classes in race, gender, and public policy.
  • Jean Schroedel, professor at Claremont Graduate University, who will discuss the implications of the 2012 elections on reproductive health policies across the country. Schroedel is the author of Is the Fetus a Person: A Comparison of Policies Across the Fifty States (2000).
  • Susan Castagnetto, coordinator of Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges and lecturer in philosophy at Scripps College, who will serve as moderator.

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-2921.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.