Lecture: Alexandra Stern
Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 PM
This event is open to the public.
"The Legacy of Eugenics in the Contemporary Era of Human Genomics"
Dr. Alexandra Stern is currently historian of science and medicine and professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Culture, and History at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Stern's most recent book, Genetic Counseling in Modern America: Gender, Race, Risk and Biomedicine in the Twentieth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press) examines how the medical, social and cultural landscape of reproductive and genetic technologies has changed since the 1950s and what these mean for Americans navigating genetic medicine today. Her path-breaking work, Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (University of California Press, 2005), won the 2006 American Public Health Association’s Arthur Viseltear Prize for outstanding contribution to the scholarship on the history of public health.
Sponsored by the departments of art, history, and biology and by the offices of the dean of faculty and institutional diversity.
Prof. Stern will also lunch with interested Reed students and faculty at an American Studies colloquium on Wednesday, October 15, from noon until 2 p.m. in Gray Center room D. Space is limited, so if you plan to attend please send your RSVP to Prof. Margot Minardi by Friday, October 11 so we know how much food to order. We will discuss chapters from Prof. Stern's recent book on the history of genetic counseling.
This lecture complements a related installation, Shades of White, by Geraldine Ondrizek, Reed professor of art, at the Artist Project Space at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, through December 14.
For more information, contact Gerri Ondrizek.
Submitted by Brittney Corrigan-McElroy.
Posted on Aug 11, 2014
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