Spring 2023 Events

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Winter Social – January 26th, 2023 5:30-7pm – New American Café @ Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Gather with WGH faculty, staff, and students to kick of the semester and learn how you can be involved, plan events, and complete the concentration. Food and beverages provided. Bring your Harvard ID for free entrance to the museum. All are welcome! Please RSVP to


Join WGH for a tour of the Schlesinger Library exhibit: “The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America” – Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, 4pm


Schlesinger describes the exhibition as rethinking “… what Roe has meant to American society, culture, and politics. It tells the story of abortion in the United States, from criminalization to constitutionalization and back again, through the eyes of those who created and defended Roe and those who mourned and unmade it, those at the center of politics and those at the margins. Battles over Roe upended party politics, changed medical practice, and divided faith communities. Roe offered lessons about what it meant to treat abortion as a right or to rely on the courts to achieve change. Conflicting visions of justice—for people of color, for women, for life in the womb—shaped what Roe meant”. WGH students, staff, and faculty will gather for a tour of this exhibit with faculty lead Professor Elizabeth Janiak.



International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023 1:00 – 1:50pm EST, Kresge G2


Join the Women, Gender, & Health Interdisciplinary Concentration for our annual International Women’s Day Celebration! This year we will share in a discussion about the radical history of IWD, and its deep ties to issues of gender and reproductive justice with Professor Nancy Krieger, Chair of WGH, and featured speaker Nashira Baril, the founder of Boston’s Neighborhood Birth Center. Lunch will be provided! Contact with any questions.

Co-sponsors: GenderSci Lab; Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; Harvard Chan Office for Student Affairs; Harvard Chan Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Harvard Chan Student Organization for Sexual & Reproductive Health; Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Harvard Graduate Student Union HGSU-UAW Local 5118; Harvard Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Health Equity Research Collaborative; Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers; Harvard University Office for Gender Equity; Parents@Harvard Chan; The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; The Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus.

This event is hosted by WGH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is open to the public. All are welcome!
Recentering the History of Modern Gynecology with Michelle Browder – March 30th, 2023 12:30 – 2pm EST @ TMEC 227

Michelle Browder is a visionary artist, activist, community and movement builder, and creator of the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, AL, which honors the sacrifice of enslaved experimental subjects of the so-called “father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims.

Ms. Browder is also the founder of the social enterprise, More Than Tours which exposes young people to Alabama’s rich history, and More Up, which aims to further the national reckoning around race in America by finding creative ways to honor the voiceless, the minimized, and the ignored.

Ms. Browder will talk about Sims’ controversial, yet medically significant research on enslaved black women, their experience, and legacy. She will discuss the Mothers of Gynecology movement which highlights Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy, and other Black slaves who had no choice about their participation in Sims’s experiments and were later leased to Sims by their owners to serve in his practice. Medical Historian, Dr. Scott Podolsky, will give an introduction and share some of the history of this exploitative research. A commentary by Dr. Rose Molina on racial disparities in OB/GYN care will conclude the panel discussion. This program will be moderated by HMS student, Kyeisha Laurence.
Sexual violence and women’s health: How rape affected the women I study and my life with Professor Karestan Koenen – April 18th, 2023 5:30-6:45pm EST
Sexual violence is common globally and its effects on mental and physical health are well established.  Dr. Koenen will share how her experience of rape at age 22 altered the course of her life and shapes her research to this day. Discussion will include considerations of how lived experiences of trauma can both challenge and motivate an academic career as well as the complexity of disclosure in an academic research context. In-person only, with attendance limited to 25 to facilitate discussion. 

The US Supreme Court: Gender, Sexuality, and Health Justice – Pending & Past Decisions – May 4th, 2023 1:00 – 1:50pm EST, Kresge 202B


Zoom registration

Event Recording available here

Resource used by Professor Rosenbaum during the event (NYT Maps on legal status of abortion across states)

WGH is hosting Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University School of Law, for a conversation about past and upcoming US Supreme Court decisions and their implications for gender, sexuality, and health justice. The session will be recorded and posted to the web.

This event is hosted by the Women, Gender, and Health Interdisciplinary Concentration at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and is open to the public. All are welcome!

Last updated: May 5, 2023