Semester Schedule

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

RCHA Life & Death Seminar Series Fall 2021

directed by Kim Mutcherson (Co-Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School)  and Johanna Schoen (History, Rutgers)

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will be held from 11--1:00pm via in person and virtually

For registration and admission to Zoom meetings, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


14 -“Reproductive Justice during a Global Pandemic.” Kimberly Mutcherson (Rutgers Law School)

21"Protecting a Potential Child's Well-Being Before Conception: The Strange Case of Fertility Fraud" Jody Madeira (School of Law, Indiana University) 

28- “A Fountain of Human Health": Botany, Health-Seeking, and Settler Colonialism in Tropical Florida, 1827-1840.” Elaine LaFay (History, RCHA Faculty Fellow)


5-“The Haunted Lab: Forensic Scientists & the Dead in Post/War Colombia ” Jennifer Trowbridge (Center for Latin American Studies, Postdoc)

12- "From the beginning of life to the end: investigating how early life factors contribute to disparities in mortality using linked census and social security records" Mark McGovern (Public Health, RCHA Faculty Fellow)

19- “Concealed Weapons: Agnotologies of U.S. Firearm Regulation in the 20th and 21st Centuries” Joanna Federico (History, RCHA Graduate Fellow)

26- “Necrolife: Encounters of Practice in the Morgues -- An Ethnography of Postmortem Examinations in Colombia” Julia Morales Fontanilla (Anthropology, RCHA Postdoc)


02- “Making the Body Speak: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America, 1639-1790” Rebecca Rosen (English, RCHA Postdoc)

9-“What is Fair about Actuarial Fairness?” Harisan Nadir (School of Public Health, RCHA Graduate Fellow)

*18-"Silences in the History of Genocide" Doris Bergen (History, University of Toronto), Jeanine Ntihirageza (Northeastern Illinois University), Jochen Hellbeck (History, Rutgers University)

30- Simon Balto (History, University of Wisconsin)


7- “Understandings of the Afterlife” Barbara Cooper (History, RCHA Faculty Fellow)