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The Meaning of Eugenics: Historical and Present-Day Discussions of Eugenics and Scientific Racism
NHGRI has invited distinguished historians of science and medicine to speak at a two-day symposium that examines the history of eugenics and scientific racism and their complex legacies in the modern health sciences. In addition, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Museum of Natural History will present their own efforts on these topics and offer free educational and scholarly materials.

NHGRI Historian Christopher Donohue, Ph.D., and Oxford Brookes University Professor Marius Turda, Ph.D., will lead the symposium.

Day one will provide historical overviews on the general history of eugenics and scientific racism, with relevance for public health, the history of human genetics, medical ethics and persons with disabilities.

Day two will focus on discussions of more recent manifestations of eugenics and scientific racism while underscoring the persistence of scientific and structural racism today in the United States.

Closed captioning will be provided for this event. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Britny Kish (britny.kish@nih.gov, 240-381-1283). Requests should be made five days in advance of the event.
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