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Eugenics: beauty, media and fashion. Nzingha lecture 43

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In our 43rd Queen Nzingha lecture Dr. Shantella Sherman will explore the science of eugenics and its relation to current theories about black women’s bodies,beauty, mass media and fashion.

Eugenics has undergirded social engagement, beauty contests,hair styles, body types,public policy, and popular culture in America since the 1850s, yet the average person remains unaware of its reach. From marriage selection and school testing, determining who should have children and what characteristics threaten the sanctity of the nation, eugenics firmly informs our decision-making. Using popular film, television shows, scholarly texts, and the experiences of her audience, Dr. Sherman will explore the legacy of eugenics in the 21st century with numerous practical examples.

If you don’t understand eugenics, you’re missing three-quarters of the mainframe to public policy and legal platforms; these are laws and regulations that dictate how we live and how well we live. But so long as the conversation is strictly surface, those most in peril and vulnerable to eugenic legislation never gain an opportunity to advocate on their own behalves.Dr Shantella Sherman

About the Nzingha lecture series: Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice. The Nzinga lecture series provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting.

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    • Trafalgar Square, St Paul's, Soho, Elephant & Castle, Notting Hill, Hackney Easter Weekend
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    • The Gentrification of Peckham and othe Black areas

About the Speaker: Dr Shantella Sherman

Dr. Shantella Sherman ​is an historian and journalist whose work documents African American history, popular culture, Women & Gender studies, Black British culture, and the American Eugenics movement. Dr. Sherman is the publisher of Acumen Magazine and a former editor with The Washington Informer and Philadelphia Tribune newspapers. Dr. Sherman is a graduate of The University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Jackson State University. She is the author of In search of Purity: Popular Eugenics and racial uplift amongst negroes 1915-1935 which will be on sale on the day





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