Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-10-27

“The Missing Girls” will be the topic of a program presented by Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon in Robinson Hall room 118. The presentation, sponsored by Cumberland’s Christian Legal Society, Women in Law, and Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics, is open to the public.

Cumberland professor David Smolin, a specialist in international children’s issues and child trafficking, will give an overview of an anti-infanticide project he assists with in India.

The “Missing Girls” topic concerns females missing in significant proportions from the population in China and India. According to Smolin, the tens of millions of missing girls have been a large-scale, yet somewhat invisible human rights disaster unfolding over the last several decades, with modern technologies making the problems worse rather than better.

The topic will be the subject of a Feb. 26, 2010, symposium sponsored by Cumberland’s biotechnology center.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.