Living Archives: Inaugural Events

The 5-year project, Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada will launch its public face with some inaugural events in Edmonton at the end of this week.  All events are free and open to the public, and we welcome community and university members, individuals and organizations.

We start on Friday 22nd October, 2010, with a keynote address by Professor Douglas Wahlsten at the Telus Centre on the campus of the University of Alberta, at 7pm, entitled “Eugenics in Alberta: Science and Politics”.  The talk is in Room 150, doors open at 6:30 and a reception will follow.

Events on Saturday October 23, 2010 take place on the lower floor of the Stanley Milner Library located opposite Churchill Square in Edmonton.  We will be downstairs in the Edmonton Room, with coffee and snacks available at 9.45am and the first session starting at 10.00am.  Members of the public are also welcome to attend a short meeting of the governing board, which will begin at 9.00am in the same location.  The Saturday events include:

  • Dick Sobsey & Heidi Janz “Picturing Eugenics: Telling the Story of Eugenics Through Alternative Communication”
  • Erika Dyck, “Building a People’s History of Eugenics: Archives Past and Present”
  • Gregor Wolbring, “Dynamics Around Eugenic Acceptance and Rejection: Lesson for the Future”
  • Claudia Malacrida, “Creating an Oral History of Eugenics Questions of Scope, Ethics and Access”

To register for the free lunch or request disability accommodations, please contact moyra@ualberta.ca or register directly at http://www.whatsorts.net/register/.  You can also get updated information at http://www.whatsorts.net

The Living Archives project is funded by the Community-University Research Alliance program of SSHRC and is directed by Professor Rob Wilson in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.  This is the same department that John M. MacEachran founded in 1909.  MacEachran headed the Eugenics Board until 1965, and served as the first and longest-standing Provost of the University of Alberta.  While the Department ceased awarding MacEachran Scholarships in the wake of the details revealed through the successful lawsuit brought by Living Archives team member, Leilani Muir, against the Province for wrongful confinement and sterilization, it also works to actively remember the past by beginning to build living archives that will be accessible for many years to come.

The flyer for the event can be downloaded below.

Living Archives Oct 2010

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