Center of Excellence Events

Her Body, Our Laws: A Lecture by Michelle Oberman

Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00
Location: UIC SPH Room 932

Michelle Oberman is the Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law at Santa Clara University school of Law and an internationally recognized scholar on the legal and ethical issues surrounding
adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She works at the intersection of public health and criminal law, focusing on domestic and international issues affecting women’s reproductive health.

During this lecture, Michelle Oberman will be discussing her book “HER BODY, OUR LAWS: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma”. Drawing on her years of research in El Salvador—one of the few countries to ban abortion without exception—legal scholar Michelle Oberman explores what happens when abortion is a crime.

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Cosponsored by: The MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, UIC Planned Parenthood Generation Action, EverThrive Illinois, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender.

Pregnant and Parenting Among Incarcerated Women: From Research to Advocacy

Date: September, 27th 2017
Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Shlafer – 12:30-2:00 CST UIC SPH Auditorium.
Implementing a Prison Doula Project: Illinois Birth Justice and Next Steps for Illinois – 2:30-4:30 CST UIC SPH Gymnasium

This event will be with Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent and Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rebecca Shlafer’s research focuses on developmental outcomes of children with parents in prison. This research has led to the use of doulas in Minnesota prisons.

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When Women Lead, Women Win: A Conversation with Rebecca Sive

Date: October 11th, 2017
Registration and Refreshments 5:30-6:00 CST
Program and Q&A 6:00-7:15 CST
Book Signing 7:15-8:00 CST
UIC SPH Auditorium

This evening will feature a conversation with Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, about what it takes to win an election. Rebecca is a lecturer on women and politics at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. She will be drawing on her extensive experience as a women’s advocate, public official, and civic leader to speak about strategies for women to gain greater public influence and political power.

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Sexual Violence Response in Conflict and Non-conflict Settings: Challenge and Opportunities

Date: November 15th, 2017
3:30-5:30 CST UIC Room B34

Dr. Rebecca Singer teaches population health at the University of Illinois College of Nursing drawing on over a decade of experience in global health and community partnerships. In her work with humanitarian and development organizations, she focuses on responding to victims of violence, emergency preparedness and community-based cancer prevention.Formerly the Director of Healthcare Services at an interdisciplinary center for torture survivors, Dr. Singer provided intensive healthcare case management to asylum seekers and refugees. During this session she will be drawing on her recent experiences working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Contact Cindy San Miguel, Program Coordinator for the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health at