Film Screening: A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream

Thursday, January 3, 2019: 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Stevens C-3 (Hilton Chicago, Lower Level)

Stephanie Welch, director, producer, writer (Bullfrog Films, 2017)

A belief in biological determinism has provided a dangerous rationale for some of America’s most shameful history. And now it’s back, using false scientific claims that our genetic makeup determines who is worthy and who is not.Powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to justify white nationalism, institutional racism, and the fundamental inability to acknowledge equal humanity in the “other.” What historical assumptions connected to the misrepresentation of genetics lie behind the resurgence of white nationalism?
Stephanie Welch, co-writer and director, A Dangerous Idea , Andrew Kimbrell, co-writer and executive producer of A Dangerous Idea , Garland Allen, Washington University in St. Louis and Rana Hogarth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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