Wake Forest Law co-sponsors events surrounding the topic of forced sterilization April 4-5

“Scarred For Life: The Legacy of Forced Sterilization at Home and Abroad,” co-sponsored by  Wake Forest Law, will be held Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, on the Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus. The events will focus on issues surrounding forced sterilization in both the national and international arenas. 

The program will start at 5 p.m.  on Thursday in the Annenberg Forum of Carswell Hall where all the panelists as well as the film, “Wicked Silence,” will be introduced by moderator Phoebe Zerwick.  Panelists include Simone Caron, WFU Professor and Chair of the Department of History and a leading expert on reproductive history ; Kevin Begos, journalist who has written extensively on North Carolina’s eugenics program in the Winston-Salem Journal’s 2002 series “Against Their Will” and a 2011 series in the Indy in Chapel Hill; and Charmaine Fuller Cooper, former director of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation established by the then Gov. Bev Perdue in 2010 to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina.

Following the film screening and introductions from the panelists, there will be a question and answer session and reception with books available for purchase.

On Friday, the second part of the series will begin at 2 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum of Carswell Hall.  Law Professor Suzanne Reynolds will introduce the keynote speaker, Dan Kevles, Professor of History at Yale University, who will present the history of the eugenics movement in the United States and its implications for the future of genetics.

Following the keynote, Professor Reynolds will introduce the next round of panelists to discuss the history of eugenics in Central Europe.  These panelist will include  Angela Kocze, Hungarian visiting Fulbright scholar with Women’s and Gender Studies; Adam Stein, N.C. lawyer who filed suit on behalf of sterilization victims in the 1970s; Nancy King, WFU Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy; and Dan Kevles, Professor of History at Yale University.  To conclude this event, there will be another Q&A session followed by a reception.

This event is also co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program with Journalism, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, the Department of History, the WFU School of Law, the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Communications, the Film Studies Program, the Center for International Studies, the Writing Program and the Documentary Film Program.