For four decades the state of North Carolina sterilized more than 7,600 people thought to have defective genetic traits. This often-forgotten chapter of American history re-emerges in the newly-released documentary, The State of Eugenics. While legal eugenic sterilization ended in most states by the 1970s, the documentary gives voice to survivors who tell heartbreaking stories of having their lives changed by bureaucrats eager to improve the gene pool. Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro for a Midwest premiere of the film, and a behind-the-scenes look as lawmakers struggle with the issue of compensation for those rendered infertile under the color of law.
Dawn Sinclair Shapiro’s film, The State of Eugenics, will preview at the Council at this event. The film will air on PBS stations nationwide in late January.
Please note, we have extended this event until 8 p.m. to allow for audience Q&A. Guests needing to leave at the original adjournment of 7:40 p.m. will be given opportunity before the Q&A.