Upcoming anthropology guest talks for spring

Social entrepreneurship and navigating professional life after Luther

Wednesday, March 6, 4 p.m.
Dahl Centennial Union, Hammarskjold Lounge
Kadra Abdi, MPP: Social Entrepreneur, Social Justice Activist, Consultant and Creative Strategist

Kadra Abdi (’08) will visit campus this spring to talk about social entrepreneurship and navigating professional life after Luther. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to lead fulfilling lives following their passion. Kadra will share her experience working with local and international nonprofit organizations, and ultimately starting research, community engagement, and strategy consulting business, and an online platform to spotlight her social justice activism. Kadra Abdi majored in Anthropology and WGST, and minored in Africana Studies while at Luther College.

This event is supported by the Black Student Union, WGST and Anthropology programs

Fertility Holidays: Global Journeys of Family Formation

Thursday, April 18, 9:45 a.m.
F.W. Olin Building, Room 102
Amy Speier, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas Arlington

Dr. Amy Speier is a medical anthropologist specializing in reproductive health, globalization and medical tourism. In August 2016, her book Fertility Holidays: IVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness was released by New York University Press. This research is based on a multi-sited, multi-year ethnographic project with North Americans who travel to the Czech Republic for assisted reproductive technologies. In the book, she traces North American fertility journeys to the Czech Republic, examining the multiple motivations that compel them to travel halfway across the globe in their quest for parenthood. Dr. Speier’s current research is an examination of couples from all over the world who are traveling to North America seeking fertility treatment. She is currently recruiting international intended parents seeking to unravel the myriad ways that they navigate the complex reproductive industry of North America’s “baby business.”