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Engaging with history requires more than reading other scholars' works and retelling their research; it demands you go into the archives, hypothesize, theorize, and connect the past with the present and future. 

-- Dr. Shantella Sherman, Winner of the 2022 ASALH Freedom Scholar Award 

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Winner of 2019-2020 Best Academic Book - International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

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POP-EU 

Popular Eugenics in Television & Film 

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Eugenics.  A tiny little word with an amazingly complex meaning, eugenics was once held as the science of "better breeding," and the mechanism for birthing a better, more fit society.  Utilizing theories of evolution, polygenesis, phrenology, and genetic inheritance, eugenic beliefs filtered into every aspect of Western culture.  Today, remnants of eugenics inform that dictate policies in education, housing, health, punishment, finance, amusements, immigration, and race.  The Acumen Group deconstructs these theories to raise awareness of eugenics -- past and present, and help others address both personal and institutional bias based on eugenic ideologies.   

In Search of Purity: 

Popular Eugenics & Racial Uplift Among New Negroes 1915-1935

 

Winner of the 2019-2020 Best Academic History Book Award from the International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

 

Available for purchase in our online bookstore or at book retailers worldwide 

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"If you do not understand eugenics in the framing of race policies, what you believe you know of racism, Otherness, and national character, will only confuse you." 

-- Dr. Shantella Sherman 

 

LONDON QUICK NOTE: TRIBUTE TO MALCOLM X (2019) 

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HISTORY FOR LIFE

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THE ACUMEN TEAM

Highly-skilled professionals work alongside high school and college students to train a new generation of socially-aware and truth-loving change agents. 

 

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LECTURES & POP EU FILM SERIES

One of the most effective methods of introducing the science of eugenics and its theories both past and present is through popular television and film.  Using an array of works from The Graduate and Orphan Black to Claudine and A soldier's Story, Acumen introduces the concepts of hereditarianism, innate characteristics, social bias to both young and matures audiences. 

Contact us today for rates and schedules.

shantellasherman@theacumengroup.org

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