Past Event

Alison Piepmeier's Unexpected: Parenting, Prenatal Testing, and Down syndrome

February 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Description

When Alison Piepmeier—a scholar of feminism and disability studies, and mother of Maybelle, an eight-year-old girl with Down syndrome—died of cancer in August 2016, she left behind an important unfinished manuscript about motherhood, prenatal testing, and disability. In Unexpected, George Estreich and Rachel Adams pick up where she left off, honoring the important research of their friend and colleague, as well as adding new perspectives to her work. Based on interviews with parents of children with Down syndrome, as well as women who terminated their pregnancies because their fetus was identified as having the condition, Unexpected paints an intimate, nuanced picture of reproductive choice in today’s world.

Event Speakers

Please visit the event webpage for the full speaker list. 

Event Information

Free and open to the public; RSVP required. Please visit the event webpage or email [email protected] for additional information. 

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored with the Motherhood and Technology Working Group at Columbia University.