Virtual Speaker Series: “Vermont for the Vermonters”: The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State with Mercedes de Guardiola
In VHS’s most recent publication, “Vermont for the Vermonters”: The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State, Mercedes de Guardiola examines how the state’s eugenics movement emerged out of the public policies of the nineteenth century and led to state-sanctioned programs of institutionalization, sterilization, family separation, and education aimed at the most vulnerable Vermonters. Exploring the social and political legacy of the movement, de Guardiola brings new scholarship and context to one of Vermont’s darkest chapters.
Mercedes de Guardiola is a New York-based historian. She earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College with a double major in History and Art History. A leading expert on Vermont's eugenics movement, she testified before the state legislature during hearings in the 2020s. Her research examines public policies of child health and welfare, mass institutionalization and deinstitutionalization, sterilization, and family separation.
Mercedes works in open innovation consulting at Luminary Labs.
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