The Criminalization of the Feeble Minded: A History of the Eugenic Movement, 1920-1942

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Ask the average person about the “eugenics movement” and you are likely to get blank stares. A popular social movement and a dark time in United States history, the eugenics movement took root in the United States in the early 1900s. The term was first coined by Francis Galton, a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. Ivanova Smith, a historian, advocate, and educator who is autistic, will talk about the ways in which people with intellectual/developmental disabilities were criminalized and institutionalized during the American eugenics movement and how in many ways it is still being practiced today.

Presenter: Ivanova Smith

Location: Building 3, Room 102

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