January 13, 2009 15:38 Age: 5 yrs

Emory Hosts Exhibit and Events on Motherhood in the Face of Adversity

Motherhood in the face of adversity is the theme for a series of public events hosted during the next several weeks by Emory University's Race and Difference Initiative and the Atlanta Consortium of Colleges and Universities (ACCU).
"Motherhood at the Intersection of Race and Class" opens with two traveling art exhibitions by historian and curator Rickie Solinger, on display at the Schatten Art Gallery of Emory's Woodruff Library Jan.15-March 12. For library and exhibition hours, visit http://web.library.emory.edu/libraries/schatten.
Also scheduled are film screenings, arts performances, panel discussions and an academic conference hosted by Emory Law’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project. The two-day conference, Feb. 27-28, examines incarceration and human rights from a legal framework. The event is free and open to public. For more information, contact Pamela Bridgewater at wclbridgewater(at)yahoo.com or 404.712.2420.
Exhibits at Emory

The first Emory exhibit, “Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States,” features eight linked installation pieces that create a dramatic display of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography documenting the experiences of women incarcerated in the United States. Several pieces are from the inmates themselves.
“Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America” consists of 60 photographic images challenging the idea that motherhood should be a right accorded only to those privileged in society. These images show the complexity of motherhood for women considered too young, too poor, too ethnic or otherwise “unfit” to be mothers by many in mainstream America.
"These exhibits and series of events provide an opportunity for the Atlanta community to come together to discuss these and related issues," says Esther Jones, race and difference postdoctoral fellow at Emory.
Jones says the series resulted from a chance encounter between Ozzie Harris, vice provost of community and diversity at Emory, and Georgianne Thomas, professor of humanities at Clark Atlanta University, who is affiliated with the ACCU. Harris and Thomas were joined in the effort by Martha Fineman, Woodruff Professor of Law and co-leader of Emory's Race and Difference Initiative.
The Atlanta Consortium of Colleges and Universities, comprised of faculty, staff and administrators from several Atlanta area institutions, has developed a wide range of events related to the exhibits’ themes that will occur during the run of the exhibits and beyond. The ACCU's aim is to promote dialogue to stimulate continued awareness, discussion and action surrounding the special challenges that less-privileged mothers, families and incarcerated women face.
For more information about events and programming surrounding this exhibit, contact Esther Jones at esther.jones(at)emory.edu or Martha Fineman at mlfinem(at)emory.edu.

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