On 14 November, the inaugural Greta Bird Lecture in Legal Theory and Critique was delivered to a packed Byron Theatre. A partnership with the Byron Writers Festival, the Greta Bird Lecture series is named in honour of Adjunct Professor Greta Bird, a founding member of the SLJ and leading scholar in feminist and race theory.

Delivered by Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California at Irvine, Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin, the inaugural lecture canvassed the question – Should the State Control a Woman’s Right to Choose? Soon to be published in the 2018 Yale Law Journal, ‘Pregnancy, Poverty and the State’ explored intersecting issues of race, politics, the law, and a woman’s right to choose.

The lecture was followed by a Q & A hosted by ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay, which was broadcast nationally on RN’s Big Ideas.

The podcast for both the lecture and Q&A is available from the ABC Radio National Big Ideas website.