FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Women’s reproductive issues have been a hot topic for generations and will probably continue to make headlines for even more generations to come. That makes the issue a perfect one for the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW’s) Women’s Studies “One Book Program,” the goal of which is to encourage everyone from both inside and outside the university to read and take part in a community discussion of a book related to feminism.
This year’s selection is The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World by Michelle Goldberg. She spent two years traveling around the world researching the book, which was published in 2009. Goldberg’s website says, “Reported from four continents, The Means of Reproduction is about the international battle over reproductive rights. Women’s freedom, Goldberg argues, is key to addressing both overpopulation and rapid population decline, helping the third world climb out of poverty and retarding the spread of AIDS. Yet attempts to improve women's status and give them greater control over their own bodies elicit fierce opposition from conservatives who see women's submission as key to their own identity.”
Goldberg will present a lecture, “Reproductive Rights and the 2012 Election: What’s at Stake for the US and the World,” Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101, with a book signing afterwards. A week later, Wednesday, Sept. 26, Women’s Studies will host a lunch and book discussion for anyone wishing to discuss the book or the lecture at noon in the Rhinehart Music Center, Room 235. Both events are free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend the lunch should R.S.V.P. to 260-481-6711 or email@example.com.
For more information, contact Janet Badia, director of the IPFW Women Studies Program, at 260-481-6895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.