History Department to Hold Colloquium on Roe v. Wade

Thursday, January 17, 2013

On Jan. 22, the University of West Georgia History Department will hold a colloquium to examine the 40-year legacy of one of the 20th century’s most controversial Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade.

“40 Years after Roe v. Wade: A Reexamination of the Case and Its Legacy” will feature historical, legal, and sociological analyses by nationally known scholars Peter Lawler, Kimberly Kelly, and Mary Ziegler. The colloquium will be held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) room 1303 on the University of West Georgia campus. The public is invited.

Lawler, a professor of government at Berry College, is a former member of President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics and the author or editor of fifteen books on political philosophy, including Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future. Kelly, a UWG alumna, is an assistant professor of sociology at Mississippi State University and author of several articles on gender and reproductive politics. Ziegler, who will be joining the panel via Skype, is an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law and is writing a book on the legacy of Roe v. Wade.

The panel will be moderated by Daniel Williams, associate professor of history at the University of West Georgia and author of God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. He is currently writing a history of the pro-life movement.

This colloquium is part of a series of annual scholarly colloquia sponsored by the history department at the University of West Georgia. The colloquia are designed to offer a historical perspective on contemporary issues that will be of interest to people from a wide variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds.

For more information, contact Dr. Keith Hebert at 678-839-6047.