Online talks offered on slave trade, eugenics

Statues at the Cancún Underwater Museum of Art, which is in the Atlantic Ocean. The transatlantic slave trade will be discussed in a public talk on Wednesday.

SOUTHERN VERMONT - On Wednesday, January 5, at 7 pm, the Brooks Memorial Library is hosting the free public talk “Atlantic is a Sea of Bones” with Jarvis Green, as part of Vermont Humanities First Wednesdays’ series.
Green, founder of the Black theater company JAG Productions, invites people to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Green will explore how Black queer and feminist artists have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma.
On the same day and time, the First Congregational Church of Manchester will host another First Wednesday public talk “The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present,” with Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau.
In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Galarneau will explore the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics and its continuing legacies today.
Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic talks will only be offered online via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Find out more and register at

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