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Lecture explores eugenics and bioethics, Oct. 19

Christine Rosen, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will deliver a lecture on "Rehabilitating Eugenics" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Rosen will address questions being asked by contemporary bioethicists about past and present eugenics movements, which promote the "improvement" of the human race through selective breeding.

Rosen writes about the history of genetics, the social impact of technology, the fertility industry and bioethics. She is a senior editor of The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society. Rosen is the author or co-author of "Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement," "Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America" and "The Feminist Dilemma: When Success is Not Enough," as well as a forthcoming book on Christian fundamentalism.

The lecture is part of the "America's Founding and Future" series sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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