Lectures

The Slater Museum: The History and Ethics of a Name
Grace Eberhardt
Grace Eberhardt ’20, Puget Sound Biology and African American Studies Major and author of “The Slater Museum and the Ethicality of a Name” (Summer Research ’19) describes her research on James Slater’s course on eugenics.
Tree Houses and Glass Houses: Eugenics, Remembrance, and the Problem of Throwing Stones
Molly Ladd-Taylor
Molly Ladd-Taylor, Professor of History at York University. Author of Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017).
History, Heritage and Eugenics
by Joe Cain
Joe Cain is Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology at University College, London. He has published a new edition of Darwin’s Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (Penguin, 2009) and a collection of essays on new trends in the history of Darwinism, Descended from Darwin (American Philosophical Society, 2009). He served as a member of the committee established by UCL to investigate the university’s legacy of eugenics, including the question of whether the Galton Laboratory should be renamed. Here he shares insights and advice based on his experience at UCL for the Puget Sound Community, and answers questions posed by Spring 2020’s STS Evolution and Society since Darwin students.
Looking Back at Eugenics: Rejection, Revision and Renaming
by Paul Lombardo
Paul Lombardo is Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law at the Center for Law, Health and Society at Georgia State University. He has played a crucial role in the movement to demand gubernatorial apologies for state coerced-sterilization practices. He is the editor of A century of eugenics in America: from the Indiana experiment to the human genome era. Indiana University Press, 2011 and author of Three generations, no imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell. JHU Press, 2008. Here he describes how pervasive eugenic thinking was in American society and science during the first decades during which Puget Sound taught eugenics. He also makes some recommendations for dealing with the name of the Slater Museum of Natural History.
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Grappling with Legacies of Eugenics
by Alexandra Minna Stern
Alexandra Minna Stern is Professor and Chair of American Culture, Professor in History, Women’s Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America, and Director of the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab.
Humanitarian Aid or Colonialism?: Canada’s Population Control
Erika Dyck
Erika Dyck, Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Author of Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and member of the Community University Research Alliance on Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada.
Joanne Woiak
Dr. Woiak is a lecturer in Disability Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Here, she discusses her experience organizing a 2009 conference on Disability and Eugenics in Washington State, and some of the history that was examined during the symposium and in her own research.