Public Programs

Upcoming Public Programs

America & Its “Unfit” – Eugenics & Now

Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26

Disoriented by the “unwashed” immigrants arriving everyday, New Yorker Madison Grant screed The Passing of the Great Race (1916) sounded the alarm for genteel AngloAmerican Protestants. The Eugenics Record Office emerged in the breech of this Gilded Age moment of great extremes — immense wealth and immense urban and rural poverty. “Slum clearance” was framed in a social darwinist language of progress. Forced sterilization was justified in the name of “social efficiency.” Closing the gates was their survival defense.

Today, how have we pushed back these top-down exclusionary policies? How have times changed? How does this past still impact us?

Join us for two days of brainstorming and problem-posing, poets, musicians, scholars, performers, and writers will come together to explore we what we need to do now to make changes.


Past Public Programs

Haunted Files Closing Party
Friday, March 6, 2015

Through a series of installations, public programs, and online resources, Haunted Files has sought to unpack the legacy of this disappeared “master archive” of eugenics, scientific racism, and Progressivism and its continued influence on the top-down, exclusionary policies of our own moment.

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted a closing reception for Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office. Stina Nielsen, Michael Oatman, Tommy Pico, Michael Slade, Judy Tate, Paul Tran, and Antu Yacob presented performances and short talks inspired by the project’s installations, convenings, and discoveries.
FOOTAGE [Pending]


Return of the Unfit: A Gathering To Locate, Challenge, & Exorcise Our Eugenic Ghosts
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7-9PM


A Haunted Walking Tour: Sponsored by the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6-8PM


Opening Reception for “The Normal”: Images from the Haunted Files of Eugenics
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6-7:30PM


Opening Reception for Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7-9PM