"Rights in Conflict" luncheon presentation: "The Right of Privacy for Poor Mothers v. The Right of Children to be Free of Abuse and Neglect"
With Khiara Bridges, Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Equity, Justice & Engagement, at Boston University School of Law
In this presentation, Khiara M. Bridges will discuss her new book,The Poverty of Privacy Rights. The book makes a simple argument: Poor mothers in America have been deprived of the right to privacy. The U.S. Constitution is supposed to bestow rights equally. Yet the poor are subject to invasions that suggest that they live in a world where the government has few, if any, limits on its power. Bridges investigates poor mothers’ experiences with the state—both when they receive public assistance and when they do not. The result of this investigation is an argument that turns popular thinking on its head. Bridges argues that poor mothers’ lack of privacy is not a function of their reliance on government assistance; nor is their lack of privacy a function of their bearing “weak versions” of the privacy rights everyone else enjoys. Rather, their lack of privacy is a function of their not bearing familial, informational, and reproductive privacy rights in the first place. Bridges's talk will focus on the ostensible clash between poor mothers' right to privacy and their children's right to be free from abuse and neglect.
A light lunch to be served. RSVP here or at the "Register" button at the right of the page.
Co-sponsored by the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology (CDEP) program of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
Monday, March 18 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
McElroy Commons, 237
Boston College, 293 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA