Talking Biopolitics with Miriam Zoll interviewed by Diane Tober

May 21, 2013

Please join Miriam Zoll and the Center for Genetics and Society for the first of our Talking Biopolitics 2013 series. In this live web-based interview and conversation, Miriam will talk with CGS's Diane Tober – and with you – about her experiences in writing and promoting Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies, and about her thoughts on the new biopolitics.

About the Book

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You’ve seen lots of beautiful IVF babies pictured on fertility clinic websites and in magazine stories about celebrities. But have you heard much from the women and men – the majority in all age groups – for whom high-tech fertility treatments fail?

In Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies, award-winning writer and international public health and reproductive rights advocate Miriam Zoll gives us a moving and unblinking account of the emotional anguish, health complications, ethical quandaries and financial costs of her own fertility journey. She also delivers vital insights into the consequences of our failure to adequately understand and regulate the business of assisted reproduction.

About the Author

Miriam Zoll is an award-winning writer, educator and advocate with more than 20 years experience in the reproductive health and international public policy arena. She is the founding co-producer of the Ms. Foundation for Women’s original Take Our Daughters To Work Day and a member of the boards of Our Bodies Ourselves and Voice Male Magazine.

Miriam has worked with such institutions as the United Nations, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Planned Parenthood, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the International Women’s Health Coalition. A 2005 MIT Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, her writing has been published by the Royal Tropical Institute, the United Nations, Columbia University, the Greenwood Press, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and the 9th edition of Our Bodies Ourselves. Miriam leads personal and professional development workshops and retreats, and lectures about her book, women and girls' health and human rights, and wellness.