Forum: "Eugenics in California: A Legacy of the Past?"

When: Tue., Aug. 28, 12:20-2 p.m. 2012

It's hard to tell it from California's political landscape today, but the state was once the de-facto eugenics capital of the world, with upwards of 20,000 forced sterilizations performed in the first half of the twentieth century, and still more as late as the Seventies. It's a long, dark, largely unknown history, and one that a panel of academics and activists will attempt to plumb at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Academics MiroslavaChávez-García and Alexandra Minna Stern will speak on "stories and statistics"; the women behind an upcoming feature-length documentary about the coerced sterilizations of Mexican-American women will screen a working version of the film; Kimberly Jeffrey and Courtney Hooks of the nonprofit Justice Now will discuss the present-day issues surrounding forced sterilization in state women's prisons; and, finally, the Center for Genetics and Society's Marcy Darnovsky will present a look at the future of the eugenics movement and counter-movement, mostly via technological advances in the field. 12:30 p.m., free. Law.Berkeley.edu

Ellen Cushing

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