Staging Injustice

Eugenics, Forced Sterilization, and Activism in North Carolina with Elaine Riddick and Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:30pm
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Marilynn Barner Anselmi is the author of the play, "You Wouldn't Expect," which recounts the experiences of four of the almost 7,600 victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Program. In addition to various readings and performances throughout the country, the play was a semifinalist for the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and a finalist for the 2013 Playwrights First, National Arts Club, NYC.

Elaine Riddick is a survivor of the sterilization program and has become one of the most vocal activists on the issue of forced sterilization and reparations. In an effort to help educate our community about the program and the larger issue of forced sterilization and reproductive justice, Barner Anselmi and Riddick will address the history of the forced sterilization program in North Carolina, the community opposition and activism around the program, and the recent landmark legislation passed by the state that sets aside $10 million to compensate those forcibly sterilized during the program.

This program is sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.