Encounter and Adoption
University of Pittsburgh Conference Site Locations (Campus Map)

Cathedral of Learning (CL)
Cathedral of Learning

Frick Fine Arts (FFA)
Frick FIne Arts

Wesley W. Posver Hall (WWPH)
Wesley W. Posvar

William Pitt Union (WPU)
William Pitt Union

Program - Sunday Schedule

Sunday, October 14




8:00 - 9:00
Bagels and Coffee
CL 501
9:00 - 10:30

Session 15.1  Adoptees’ Interests, Children’s Interests, and the Law

Chair: Rhonda Wasserman, Law, University of Pittsburgh

Tanya Washington, Law, Georgia State University, “Being Seen, Heard, and Placed: The Best Interests of Prospective Adoptees as a Constitutional Bulwark Against Same-Sex Adoption Bans”

Richard F. Storrow, Law, Pennsylvania State University,  “Remaking the Family Through Special-Needs Adoption”

Cindy L. Baldassi, Law, University of British Columbia, “Constituted by the Law: Adoptive Identity in Disclosure Debates”

CL 349

Session 15.2  Adoption, Race and Diversity

Chair: Penny Callan Partridge, M.S.W. and poet, Adoption Forum and American Adoption Congress

Dianne Creagh, History, Pennsylvania State University at York, “Adoptable Jewish Children and the Shifting Legacy of Louise Wise”

Solangel Maldonado, Law, Seton Hall University, “The Intersection of Race and Gender in Adoption Preferences”

Elisha Marr, Sociology, Hope College, “'I would like the melting pot soup with a side of Black': The Differing Experiences of Transracial Adoptees in Contemporary America”

CL 352

Session15.3  Health Issues in International Adoption

Chair: Amy Van Dyke, Program in Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh

Heather Jacobson, Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington,  “A Leap of Faith: Managing Health Uncertainty in International Adoption”

Jessaca Leinaweaver, Anthropology, University of Manitoba, “Discourses of Health in Peruvian Adoption”

Sonya Martin, Medicine, New York University, “Biomedical Representations of Prospective Children at the International Adoption Clinic”

CL 363
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
CL 501

Session 16.1 Adoption, History, and Politics

Chair: Ellen Herman, History, University of Oregon

Steven Andrews, English, Grinnell College, “Abducted by Puritans: Adoption, Race, and the Politics of the New Frontier”

Allison Varzally, History, California State University at Fullerton, "Asian Adoptees and the Politics of Interracial American Families"

Marian Quartly, History, Monash University (Australia), “Political Representations of Adoption in Australia, 1977-2007”

CL 349

Session 16.2 International Adoptees’ Identity Formation

Chair: Mark Jerng, English, University of California, Davis

Lori Delale-O’Connor, Sociology, Northwestern University, “Learning to Be Me: The Role of Adoptee Culture Camps in teaching Adopted Children Their Birth Culture”

Janet Eldred, English, University of Kentucky,  “Diasporic Orphans”

Jayashree Mohanty, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh and Christina Newhill, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, “Ethnic Socialization and Identity Development among International Adoptees.”

Jeff Leinaweaver, Human Development and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate Institute, “The International Adoptee as Public Intellectual”

CL 363

Good-byes. Those who wish will go to Foster’s at the Holiday Inn or another restaurant for lunch.




Convener: Marianne Novy
Email: adoptnew@pitt.edu
Web site: www.english.pitt.edu/events/adoptionandculture

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