Gannon University Hosts Series of Events Surrounding Deadly Medicine Exhibit
Posted: September 10, 2015
A series of public events around the exhibition "Deadly
Medicine: Creating the Master Race" begins on Thursday, September
10 at 7:30 p.m. with a lecture by Jeff Bloodworth, Ph.D., called "The Nazi Context for the Holocaust."
The exhibition and the lecture are both at Gannon University's
Nash Library, 619 Sassafras Street.
Bloodworth, associate professor of history at Gannon University,
will examine the context in which eugenics, the discredited
pseudo-science of genetics, was used by the Nazis to help
legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.
Eugenics theory emerged from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific
beliefs that asserted that Charles Darwin's theories of survival of
the fittest could be applied to humans. The Nazi state fully
committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic
variation of eugenics to "scientifically" build what it considered
to be a superior race. By the end of World War II, six million Jews
had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of
persecution and murder through Nazi racial hygiene programs.
"The Nazi Context for the Holocaust," Bloodworth said, "will
contextualize the eugenics movement and the Nazis rise to power.
The Deadly Medicine exhibit explains how. My talk will explain
Tours of the exhibit will follow and light refreshments will be
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is a traveling
exhibition created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Gannon University has scheduled a series of events to coincide with
the exhibition. They include:
Creating the Deadly Medicine Exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum with Alexa D. Potter, Freelance Curator and Historian, U.S. Holocaust
Nash Library, 619 Sassafras St.
Eugenics Meets Modern
Biotechnology with Kelly Grant, Ph.D., Gannon
University, assistant professor of biology
Yehl Alumni Ballroom, Waldron Campus
Center, 214 W. Seventh St.
The Holocaust: A
Survivor Tells Her Story with Halina Peabody
Yehl Alumni Ballroom
Shabbat with Temple Anshe Hesed
Yehl Alumni Ballroom
All events and the exhibition are free to the public. The
exhibition takes approximately one hour to tour and will be open
during the library's normal hours. To schedule a tour for a
group, please contact Caroline DiPlacido by phone at (814) 871-5816
or via email here .