The Housatonic Museum of Art Presents a Lecture on the Politics of Abortion

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:14 PM

Along with its current exhibition “Of Woman Born,” the Housatonic Museum of Art presents a free public lecture titled FROM DANGER TO DIGNITY: The Surprising (and Convoluted) History of US Abortion Politics.

During the first century of our republic, various forms of abortion were widely practiced. However, by 1880, most states had passed restrictive anti-abortion legislation. And, a century later, the Supreme Court recognized the right to choose an abortion when it issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade – the culmination of two decades of underground and public activism.

Rhea Hirshman, freelance writer and editor, and assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at UConn Stamford, will speak on the topic. The free lecture will be held Thursday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. The conference will take place in Lafayette Hall Room LH109. Please reserve your place on the museum website,

The exhibition Of Woman Born, on view June 1, 2022 on the 2nd floor of Lafayette Hall, explores the ways in which male dominance has manifested itself in family, social, legal, political, religious and economic systems. The exhibition traces the history of women and the various methods, philosophies, policies and practices, as well as the legal strategies employed by patriarchal power to exert maximum control over women’s bodies.

Hirshman is deeply involved in women’s liberation activities, including community education, reproductive rights advocacy, and the arts, and has been recognized for her work by the Connecticut Chapter of Veteran Feminists of America. She was a guest instructor at Yale and Wesleyan, founded a feminist bookstore in New Haven, is a frequent public speaker, and for several years wrote a column on gender issues for the New Haven Register.

Also, in April, the Housatonic Museum of Art will present a new exhibition called “How Beautiful, The Universe…”. This exhibition of twenty astrophotography prints was produced by Shannon Calvert, Steve Labkoff, Michael Southam, Stu Stakoff and Kurt Zeppetello, in association with the Westport Astronomical Society. How Beautiful, The Universe… is on view on the Housatonic Community College campus at Beacon Hall, 3rd Floor, April 7 through June 1, 2022.

About the Housatonic Museum of Art The Housatonic Art Museum is located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. It houses one of the largest collections of university art in the United States. The museum’s collection offers the opportunity to view works that span art history from ancient to contemporary, and is on permanent display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility. To visit to learn more.

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