Speaker: Activist Angela Davis to deliver keynote address at IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. dinner

INDIANAPOLIS — Political activist, scholar, author and educator Angela Y. Davis will deliverAngela Y. Davis, 2016 MLK Dinner speaker the keynote address during the 2016 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Organized by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, the annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, now in its 47th year, will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita in both the History of Consciousness Department and the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will continue the King Dinner legacy of addressing civil-rights issues of equality, freedom, justice and opportunity. The theme for this year’s dinner is “A Time to Break the Silence.”
Professor Davis’ extensive research has focused on race, gender and mass incarceration. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of eight books, including the new edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” “The Meaning of Freedom,” “Abolition Democracy” and “Are Prisons Obsolete?”

Davis is also a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison system. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an Australia-based organization that works for solidarity with women in prison. For 25 years, she has lectured across the United States to urge her audiences to think seriously about the possibility of a world without prisons.
Tickets for the King Dinner, on sale now through Dec. 23, are available in the Office of Student Involvement, located in Suite 370 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Tickets are $25 for IUPUI students; $65 for IUPUI faculty, staff and alumni; and $75 for community guests.

To purchase tickets, please contact dinner@iupui.edu or complete the Ticket Reservation form online and return the form with payment (cash or check only) to the following address:
2016 King Dinner Committee
420 University Blvd, Suite 370
Indianapolis, IN 46202
For questions, email dinner@iupui.edu or call the Office of Student Involvement at 317-274-3931.

Laura Foster presents talk on patent law and Hoodia in Southern Africa

Co-sponsored by the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program and the Hall Center for Law & Health
Friday December 6, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cavanaugh Hall 003

Laura Foster, J.D., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Gender Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University.

In 1998 researchers with the South African Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (“CSIR”) isolated and patented certain chemical compositions within the Hoodia gordonii plant responsible for suppressing appetite. Hoodia gordonii suddenly emerged as a patented invention poised to be a blockbuster anti-obesity drug. At the same time, the plant became a symbol of South Africa as nation of innovation, and Indigenous San peoples publicly accused scientists of stealing their knowledge of the plant. Advancing a powerful global campaign, San peoples negotiated a benefit sharing agreement with CSIR giving them 6% of the potential revenue from future Hoodia sales. Hopes for Hoodia , however, ended in 2009 when Unilever terminated the project.

Drawing upon and contributing to feminist post-colonial science studies, this talk considers Hoodia gordonii as a boundary object that brings the divergent interests and stakes of various social actors together. Furthermore, it unpacks the black box of patent law to ask how both science and law work together to determine who is (or is not) considered an inventor and producer of science.

Free and open to the campus and public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to: medhum@iupui.edu.