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John West to Lecture on Eugenics in D.C.

Political scientist and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Dr. John West has been asked to lecture at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 30th at 11a.m. Dr. West's lecture will be "Darwin's Dangerous Idea: The Disturbing Legacy of America's Eugenics Crusade."

For those outside the D.C. area, the lecture will be audiocast live from www.frc.org (click on "Events")

From the Lecture Summary:

This year marks the centennial of the world's first forced sterilization law, passed by the state of Indiana in March 1907. By the early 1930s, some 30 states had enacted similar laws as part of a secular crusade to breed better humans known as "eugenics." Promoted in the name of Darwinian evolution, eugenics led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of Americans against their will, many of whom would not be considered mentally handicapped today. Why did America's leading scientists and scientific organizations embrace eugenics for so long? Was eugenics a logical application of Darwin's theory, or a terrible misuse of it? What is the connection between the eugenics movement and the population control movement that arose in the 1950s and 60s? Most importantly, what are the lessons we can learn from eugenics for today's controversies over science, bioethics, and public policy? Dr. West will explore these questions and more.