UHart to Welcome Leading Scholar of U.S. Abortion Debate for April 9 Lecture

Mary Ziegler, a nationally renowned authority on reproductive and constitutional rights, will present “An Examination and Implications of the Dobbs Decision” on Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.

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The event, which is open to the public, is the latest in the University of Hartford’s Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program, presented in collaboration with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

Ziegler will share her analysis and implications on the June 2022 Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which ended the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Ziegler is an expert on the law, history, and politics of reproduction, health care, and conservatism in the United States from 1945 to the present, and a 2023 Guggenheim fellow.

Following the lecture, Ziegler will be joined by Jane Horvath, associate professor of economics and the chair of UHart’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women, for a Q&A session with the audience.

Ziegler is a professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law, and has provided critical commentary and expertise to news outlets including CNN, NPR, Bloomberg TV, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In six books—including her latest, Roe: The History of a National Obsession—Ziegler argues that the abortion debate and the political landscape after Roe v. Wade is a symptom of larger shifts in our democracy: “abortion can be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to other changes in the US political system.”

The Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series works to bring celebrated authors, journalists, historians, academics, and artists to the Greater Hartford area.

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