History Seminar: Eugenics

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Ask the average person about the “eugenics movement,” and you are likely to get a blank stare. 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, an Autistic historian, advocate, and educator, will talk about the ways in which people with intellectual/developmental disabilities were criminalized and institutionalized during the American eugenics movement and how eugenics is still being practiced today in many ways.

Presenter: Ivanova Smith, Historian, Advocate, and Educator

Location: Building 3, Room 102