The University of Michigan Sterilization and Social Justice Lab presents:

Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present

Thursday, March 30

1014 Tisch Hall

435 S. State St.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Box lunches available

"The State of Eugenics" film screening and discussion 5:30pm-7:00pm

Invited Speakers:

Sonya Borrero, MD MS

Dr. Borrero is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and Promotion (CWHRI) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has specifically focused on understanding multilevel influences on contraceptive and pregnancy decision making in vulnerable populations in order to identify targets for interventions that will decrease women’s risk for undesired pregnancy.

Ginny Garcia, PhD

Ginny Garcia, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University. Her research specialty areas include racial/ethnic disparities in health and reproductive outcomes, social demography, and the impact of religion on health.

Molly Ladd-Taylor, PhD

Molly Ladd-Taylor teaches history at York University in Toronto. Her publications include Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare and the State and Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century (forthcoming, fall 2017).

Natalie Lira, PhD

Natalie Lira is an assistant professor in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in histories of medicine, issues related to racial and reproductive justice, Women of Color feminisms, and disability studies. She earned her Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Liza Fuentes, DrPH

Liza Fuentes is a Senior Research Scientist at Guttmacher Institute. Her research has focused on access to contraception, the evaluation of abortion restrictions and clinical training in reproductive health. Dr. Fuentes completed a DrPH at CUNY School of Public Health, and holds an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Nicole Novak, PhD

Nicole Novak is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. She uses epidemiological and demographic methods to examine social and structural determinants of health inequity. She earned a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Film Screening:

At 5:30pm we will screen The State of Eugenics, a documentary film about North Carolina's state eugenics program by Dawn Shapiro. In 2012 North Carolina became the first US state to pay compensation to survivors of its state eugenics program. The film follows the journey of survivors, legislators and journalists who insist that North Carolina confront its role in the forced sterilization of thousands of Americans judged "unfit" for reproduction.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Dawn Shapiro