Deadly Medicine Opening Reception and Keynote

The University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Center for the History of Medicine announce the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. The exhibition illustrates how Nazi leadership enlisted people in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good to legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately genocide.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, February 9th
5:30-6:30pm
Taubman Health Sciences Library – 4th Floor
1135 E. Catherine
Ann Arbor, MI

Join us for refreshments and a tour of the exhibition. The keynote address and book signing will immediately follow the reception.

Keynote Address: “The Legacy of American Eugenics: Buck v. Bell in the Supreme Court”
Thursday, February 9th
6:45-8:00pm
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Research Science Building
Kahn Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI

The Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibit “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” includes a segment on Buck v. Bell, the 1927 United States Supreme Court case that endorsed state laws mandating the eugenic sterilization of “feebleminded” and “socially inadequate” people in state institutions. That case and the laws that it validated preceded the 1934 Nazi law for sterilizing the ‘hereditarily diseased” under which more than 400,000 operations occurred in Nazi Germany. Professor Lombardo will discuss details of the Buck case, and how it became one of the symbolic high points for the eugenic movement in the United States.

Common Language Bookstore will sell copies of Dr. Lombardo’s most recent book, “A Century of Eugenics in America,” for signing at the end of the talk.


Free parking will be available in the in the Catherine St. parking structure blue spaces starting at 5:15pm on 2/9/12. Other campus parking locations can be found on this map.

The exhibition installation and related events are generously cosponsored by the Medical School Dean’s Office, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, Center for International and Comparative Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Medical Education: Division of Anatomical Sciences, History Department, Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Genetic Counseling Program, and Department of Human Genetics.

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