This is an archive of the one-day public symposium held on Friday, October 9, 2009, at the UW Tower Auditorium, presented by the UW Disability Studies Program
Eugenics and Disability: History and Legacy in Washington
The symposium provided a forum for opening up dialogue about Washington’s eugenic past and its present-day implications for the lives of people in our communities. It featured local and national speakers, and ample time for audience discussion.
The 6-hour webcast was created by UWTV and is fully captioned. Click here to go directly to the webcast, or visit http://uwtv.org. Windows Media Player is required to view UWTV programs on all Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Download the free player here.
Clips of the symposium presentations are also available on YouTube. These were filmed and posted by Mike McCormick of KEXP's "Mind Over Matters" radio program. For captioning, click on "transcribe audio" in the YouTube closed captions (CC) menu.
- Joanne Woiak's talk on Washington eugenics
- Morning roundtable on the history of eugenics and disability
- Morning Q&A on history
- Afternoon roundtable on the relevance of eugenics today
Transcript of the Symposium
- .pdf file format [600 kb]
- Joanne Woiak, radio interview on KEXP program Mind over Matters with Mike McCormick, Oct. 22, 2009, "History of Eugenics in Washington State," posted on YouTube.
- Peter Kelley, "Eugenics and Disability in Washington to be Explored in Oct. 9 Symposium," University Week, Oct. 1, 2009.
- Press release announcing the symposium [.pdf]
- Poster for the symposium [.pdf]