History of Medicine Division Seminar

LGBTQ Awareness Month Program

Tuesday June 8, 2010, 2-3:30pm

NLM Visitor Center, Bldg. 38A

Bethesda, MD

"Gay Adoption and Organ Theft: The Limits of Human Rights and Reproductive Rights."

Prof. Laura Briggs
University of Arizona

This talk explores the contemporary politics surrounding gay and transnational adoption in the Americas from the 1980s to the present. It begins with the circulation of organ theft stories, in which children are kidnapped and sold into international adoptions. The talk focuses particularly on Mexico and Guatemala and questions of child disappearance, trafficking, and dismemberment, and explores the limits of both human rights and reproductive rights as legal frameworks for thinking about protecting either impoverished children or LGBTQ family-making.

All are welcome.

Note: The next history of medicine seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2-3:30pm in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A. For the third annual James Cassedy Memorial Lecture, Dr. Eugene Flamm of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will speak on "Neurosurgery before Neurosurgery-The Formative Years 1517-1867."

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail [log in to unmask], or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD

Coordinator of Public Services

History of Medicine Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services


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