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Riley Lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies will be presented April 4 at Alfred University

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Elizabeth and Charles P. Riley Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies will be held on Tuesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Olin 302. Katrina Kimport, University of California, San Francisco, the Riley Lecturer, will give a talk titled "No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive Autonomy.”

Kimport is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UC-San Francisco, where she serves as a medical sociologist in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH—pronounced like “answer”) Program.  Her research examines the (re)production of inequality in health and reproduction, with a topical focus on abortion, contraception, and pregnancy. 

She has published over 75 articles in sociology, health research, and interdisciplinary journals. Kimport is also the author of three books: No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive Autonomy (2022, Rutgers), Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States (2014, Rutgers), and, with co-author Jennifer Earl, Digitally Enabled Social Change (2011, MIT).

 Those attending the Riley Lecture will gather in Olin 302 at 5:30 p.m., when Kimport will join virtually to give her talk. A reception will be held after the lecture in Olin 301. Those wishing to hear the lecture, but who cannot attend in person, please contact Karen Porter at [email protected] for the virtual meeting registration link.

The Riley Lecture is named for Alfred University graduates Charles Riley ’35 and Elizabeth Hallenbeck Riley ’36, a local activist involved in women's rights issues. Their daughters, Pamela Riley Osborn ’62, Patricia A. Riley ’65, and Melissa Riley sponsor the lecture series in memory of their parents.