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Comedian Andrea Askowitz developed Books and Books’ quarterly story telling event, Lip Service, where she frequently reads her works. The author of My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy, Andrea has also written for numerous publications including The New York Blade and Feminist Alternative Press, and performed throughout Los Angeles and Miami including at Comedy Central Stage.
Lydia Fein, MS, a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will graduate in 2015 with MD and MPH degrees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Medical Students for Choice, a nonprofit organization with over 150 chapters and 10,000 members internationally, and is a past leader of her UM chapter.
Janet Goldwater and her partner, Barbara Attie, have devoted themselves to making films about the complex health and social justice issues facing women and girls. Recipients of a joint Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they have also won the Leeway Transformation Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships and many documentary festival awards. They have made five documentaries in addition to Motherless and Rosita, including Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter, about a Malian woman seeking asylum in the US to protect her daughter from female genital cutting.
Catherine Kaiman, Esq., co-founder and past president of UM’s chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, was editor-in-chief of the Race and Social Justice Law Review, interned at the Southern Poverty Law Center and UM’s Children and Youth Law Clinic, and received her J.D. degree in 2013 and her Masters in Public Health in 2014. She presently works for the UM School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service, Historic Black Church Program.
Dee Redwine, MPH, is Latin American Regional Director for Planned Parenthood Global. With Planned Parenthood since 1990 and its international program since 1996, she is responsible for the oversight and development of sexual and reproductive health projects in Latin America. She has also been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and has developed a physical rehabilitation program in Mexico for rural people with disabilities.
Katy Sorenson is President and CEO of UM’s Good Government Initiative, a program to educate elected officials in the important issues of governance. A celebrated Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1994-2010, she was widely recognized for her integrity and commitment to women, children, the environment and the arts. Before elected office, Katy was president of WEN and served as a founding board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Saturday, May 17
2:15 p.m. “Motherless” documentary
2:45 p.m. “Citizen Ruth” film
4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Humor and the Subject of
5:30 p.m. Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Reception
Sunday, May 18
11:30 a.m. Bagel Brunch
12:30 p.m. "Birthrights: The Right to Life in Guatemala" documentary (segment only)
12:35 p.m “Rosita” documentary
1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Reproductive Rights in Latin America"
2:30 p.m. “Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days” film
4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Could it happen here?'"