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Abortion is a common experience. It is also a hot-button issue that very few people talk about in public (or private). What happens when we make abortion a topic of everyday conversation? What happens when we share our abortions stories with strangers and each other? Melissa Madera, PhD, will talk about creating the Abortion Diary Podcast, what it’s like to travel the world talking to strangers about abortion, and how public access to our stories through the use of social media enriches the global discussion around reproductive justice in our communities. We’ll talk about how we can all create culture change and break stigmas around reproductive experiences, and how we can normalize reproductive experiences in everyday encounters and by talking about abortion with our friends, families and community members.
Come and talk about abortion.
About the speaker
Originally from Washington Heights, New York, Melissa Madera (a.k.a. the abortion diarist) is a first generation Dominican-American, and the Jill of all Trades behind The Abortion Diary. Melissa travels the world with her podcast, and is a story-sharer and dedicated story-listener, multimedia historian, full-spectrum doula, and a bilingual reproductive justice educator and advocate. She is also the curator of “ar·ti·facts: abortion stories and histories,” a traveling multimedia exhibit. Her own abortion story and the deep impact sharing it (13 years later) had on her, her family, friends and complete strangers inspired her to create The Abortion Diary. She creates spaces for personal abortion story-sharing, story listening, and capturing diverse abortion experiences; stories that are as different as the people who share them. Since beginning the project in July 2013, she has listened to and recorded over 290 people share their reproductive experiences in 20 states across the United States, over 10 European cities, Canada, The Dominican Republic, and Thailand. Melissa has been featured on the front page of The Washington Post, on NPR’s Weekend Edition, a Q&A with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Latina.com, ThePool.com, Rewire, Q&A with Cosmopolitan Magazine,Univision, MSNBC and The Daily Dot.
Madera's visit to Arizona State University is sponsored by the university's Department of English; School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies (SHPRS); and School of Social Transformation (SST) – all units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – along with the Human Security Collaboratory (HS Collab).
Note: Madera will give another presentation earlier this same day (Feb. 27) at 12 p.m. titled "Private Stories, Public Archive: Story-sharing, Oral History, and Digital Media."