“Race, Eugenics, and the Human Genome” will be the topic of a lecture by Daniel Kevles of Yale University, on Thursday, April 3 in Konover Auditorium, beginning at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.
The talk is the Second Annual Heinz and Virginia Herrmann Distinguished Lecture on Science and Human Rights.
Kevles, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History and professor of the history of medicine and of American studies at Yale University, teaches and writes about issues in science and society past and present.
He is the coeditor, with Leroy Hood, of The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project.
His other books include The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character; In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity; and The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America.
His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular journals such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and The New Yorker.
He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Page One Award; the Watson Davis Prize; and the History of Science Society’s George Sarton Medal for career achievement. He is currently writing a book on the history of innovation.
The event is sponsored by the Program on Science and Human Rights of the Human Rights Institute.