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Eugenics and Expertise: The "Science" of Race Crossing

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtf-2vpzouHdFqHEH1uBw4dTOnfHpx4mC0
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Nov 1, 2021   2:00 pm  
Contact
Center for Advanced Study
E-Mail
cas@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6729
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Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

This talk examines how ideas about race from the era of slavery propelled eugenicists to study race crossing in the early 20th century. In this talk Professor Hogarth will demonstrate how 20th-century eugenicists--namely Charles B. Davenport, branded mixed race people with African ancestry as threats to the public's health. Davenport, and many of his ilk, relied on “precision” methods developed by anthropologists, physicians, and statisticians to prove the unfitness of people with African ancestry. Professor Hogarth argues that these methods were shaped by, and deployed, within contexts that took non-white bodies to be inherently unfit. Finally, this talk explores the misuse of medical expertise and challenges notions of inherent objectivity in scientific knowledge production.

About the Speaker:

RANA HOGARTH
Associate Professor of History | VISIT WEBSITE
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