The State of Eugenics: A Global Story Untold

Brenda Feigen, Founder, Feigen Law Group; Activist, Writer and Film Producer; Stacie Geller, PhD, G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Illinois College of Medicine; Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, Director, Producer and Writer, The State of Eugenics; Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi, Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago. Moderated by Niamh King.

The State of Eugenics: A Global Story Untold by Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

 

The State of Eugenics | Trailer from Dawn Shapiro on Vimeo.

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.

Speaker Bio

Schedule

5:30 p.m.       
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.       
Film showing begins

7:10 p.m.       
Film adjournment, presentation and discussion begins

7:40 p.m.        
Audience Q&A

8:00 p.m.
Program adjournment

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.