Gretchen Sisson — Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood - with Nicole Chung — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 3:00pm

Adoption has always been viewed as a beloved institution for building families, as well as a mutually agreeable common ground in the abortion debate, but little attention has been paid to the lives of mothers who relinquish infants for private adoption. Relinquished reveals adoption to be a path of constrained choice for those for whom abortion is inaccessible, or for whom parenthood is untenable. The stories of relinquishing mothers are stories about our country's refusal to care for families at the most basic level, and to instead embrace an individual, private solution to a large-scale, social problem.

With the recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization revoking abortion protections, we are in a political moment in which adoption is, increasingly, being revealed as an institution devoted to separating families and policing parenthood under the guise of feel-good family-building. Rooted in a long-term study, Relinquished is an analysis of hundreds of in-depth interviews with American mothers who placed their children for domestic adoption. The voices of these women are powerful and heartrending; they deserve to be heard.

Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., is a qualitative sociologist studying abortion and adoption at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Her research was cited in the Supreme Court's dissent in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and has been covered in The Washington Post, The Nation, All Things Considered and Consider This, New York Magazine, VOX, and other outlets.

Sisson will be in conversation with Nicole Chung. Nicole Chung is the author of A Living Remedy and All You Can Ever Know. A Living Remedy was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick and a Best Book of 2023 by Time, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, USA Today, Esquire, and Booklist, among others. Chung's 2018 debut All You Can Ever Know was a national bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Time, GQ, Esquire, The Guardian, and many other publications.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood By Gretchen Sisson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250286772
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 27th, 2024