Surviving Eugenics: Documentary Screening and Discussion with Director Robert A. Wilson
Surviving Eugenics is a documentary about the history and ongoing significance of eugenics. Anchored by survivor narratives from the province of Alberta in Canada, Surviving Eugenics provides a unique insiders' view of life in institutions for the "feeble-minded", and raises broader questions about disability, human variation, and contemporary social policies.
For more information (including a trailer), please visit the documentary's website.
The projection of the documentary will be followed by a question and answer discussion with one of the directors, Robert A. Wilson, professor of philosophy at the Universty of Alberta, Canada.
Surviving Eugenics was created by team members of the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada, a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada is a five year research project comprised of an alliance between research scholars, students, sterilization survivors, community organizations and advocates. The Living Archives directly engages communities in developing accessible historical resources to enhance public understanding of an important part of history of eugenics in Canada. Surviving Eugenics is supported by an integrated system of community outreach tools that can be accessed at their website – http://eugenicsarchive.ca