Thursday, February 15, 2018
LAW 3500RSVP here
Featuring: Valerie Jenness, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine
Part of the series:
Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil
2017-2018 Colloquium Series
Sept. 8, 2017–April 19, 2018
UC Irvine School of Law
The Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy’s 2017-18 Colloquium Series Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil will launch on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a special event: Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America, A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. In this series we will focus on how government’s complicity with hate, violence, and law can harm vulnerable people and undermine humanity.
This year, the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy will host conversations that explore the rise in hate speech and hate crimes in the United States. This academic year marks important milestones for these conversations, starting with the notorious 1927 United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which officially and legally launched the horrific practice of eugenics in the United States. Although eugenics was implemented in some states for as many as 20 years by that time, this shocking Supreme Court decision legalized the practice, opening the door for tens of thousands of poor Americans to be forcibly sterilized. Twenty years later, the trial of Nazi doctors who performed horrific atrocities on innocent people, leading to sterilizations, deaths, and the maiming of children, women, and men, began in Nuremberg. Indeed, one line of defense used in the trials was that the doctors who participated in eugenics sterilizations did nothing different than what was occurring in the United States.
The 2017-18 academic year also marks the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death, exposing the frequently overlooked acts of domestic terrorism and racial backlash to civil rights. We hope you will join us.
This 10-month colloquium series builds from our previous university and community based conversations that covered topics such as the modern U.S. family, women in politics, race and mental health, same sex families that sparked lively, important exchange.