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Erika BachiochiNew feminist Erika Bachiochi will address the Clarion campus at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Gemmell multi-purpose room. Her topic is “Women, Sex and the Church.” 

Her talk is a contribution to the national debate begun last year surrounding the Health and Human Services mandates for coverage of practices and procedures, in conflict with the teachings of many churches. Bachiochi will address the assumptions behind the mandates, contending that the evidence does not support contemporary assumptions, which assert that regularizing contraception, abortion, nonmarital sexual activity, abortifacient drugs and sterilization, have, in fact, liberated women.

A legal scholar focusing on American constitutional law and feminist legal theory, Bachiochi has been published in leading scholarly publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Oxford University journal, Christian Bioethics. She holds a juris doctorate magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, and a master’s degree from Boston College, where she was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics.

Bachiochi has previously addressed Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wellesley College. Harvard Law School’s Mary Ann Glendon bills her as “at the forefront of those dynamic young women who are bringing a new feminism into being.”

The talk is part of this year’s Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, under the theme, “In God We Trust?” It is sponsored by the Newman Association and Students for Life.

The Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

The schedule includes:

  • Dan Gediman, “This I Believe,” 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Marwick-Boyd auditorium

  • Drepung Loseling Monastery monks, “The Mystical Arts of Tibet,” various events, week of April 7-13

  • Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Concert, “In God We Trust: A Choral Perspective,” 7:30 p.m. April 5, Marwick-Boyd auditorium

  • Phil Holtje, “Holocaust Remembrance 2013: Remembering Genocide in Popular Music,” 7:30 p.m. April 5, location TBA

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10/23/2013 11:18 AM

New feminist Erica Bachiochi discusses ‘Women, Sex and the Church’