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2nd & 3rd Congress: Part 2, Panel 4

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Panel 4 | “How we reckon: A look at reckonings around the different characters of the Second and Third Congress, and what we/they can learn from this” Eugenics has been by and large discredited as a science, but the names, memories and influences of the eugenicists that helped to instigate such a movement, still occupy our public places, our university buildings, our state buildings, and our institutional legacies. This unprecedented panel, will share the experiences of different institutions grappling with their own legacies of different eugenicists present at the Second and Third Congress. This is preceded by a collective discussion, chaired by Marcy Darnovsky, between those who have been directly involved in such reckonings. They share the lessons learnt from such experiences, and make practical suggestions for reckoning processes in other similarly placed institutions.


  • Marcy Darnovsky

    Blog: www.geneticsandsociety.org/biopolitical-times

  • Christopher Donohoue

    Historian at the National Human Genome Research Institute

  • Rena Heinrich

    Rena M. Heinrich is an assistant professor of theatre practice in critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Her teaching and areas of expertise include interculturalism; race, representation, and gender in performance; postcolonial theater; Asian and Asian American drama; acting; ethnography; and performance studies.
    As an artist, her theatrical work has been produced in Los Angeles by the John Anson Ford Theatre, The Latino Theater Company, East West Players, Company of Angels, Playwrights’ Arena, TeAda Productions, Artists at Play, Casa 0101, and Highways Performance Space among others. She directed the nationally-touring production of Refugee Nation at Intermedia Arts/Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis and co-directed its critically acclaimed production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her directorial work on So the Arrow Flies was presented internationally at the Arts Council Korea’s Performing Arts Series in Seoul, and her original production of Kokoro (True Heart) is featured in the Dramatist Play Service published version. As an actor, she has appeared on daytime and prime time television with CBS, USA, NBC and FOX.
    Her current book project, Race and Role: The Mixed-race Asian Experience in American Drama explores the shifting identities of multiracial Asian figures in theatre from the late-19th Century to the present day.

  • David McIntosh

    David is a Ph.D. Candidate at UCSB, and is currently exploring the history of anthropology and archaeology.
  • Tom Stevens

    TOM STEVENS of Waterbury Village, Washington County, Democrat, was born in New Haven, CT, and moved to present town in 1996. Tom has served as Chair of the Waterbury Select Board and President of the Waterbury Village Trustees. He is currently education director at the Waterbury Congregational Church. Tom is President of the board of Downstreet Housing and Community Development. He has served on the boards of the Children’s Room and Revitalizing Waterbury, for which he chaired the Downtown Designation Committee, resulting in Waterbury Village receiving Downtown Designation in 2006. He has served as executive director of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education and director of the Vermont Dictionary Project. While his children were young, he was the stay-at-home parent. He revisited his professional career as director and production coordinator for QuarryWorks Theater at the Adamant Music School and, in 2008, recorded the audiobook version of Archer Mayor’s “Open Season.” In October 2012, Tom was the project director for “Going to Waterbury: An Elegy,” an art installation at, and closure ceremony for, the Waterbury State Hospital. Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Boston University. He lives in Waterbury Village with his wife and family. Member of the House: 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018.
  • Zach Utz

    Archivist at the National Human Genome Research Institute