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FAU Symposium on Eugenics

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will host the academic symposium “Eugenics: Race, Public Health and the Science of Nationalism” on Monday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room, FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The symposium is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” on display in the Schmidt Galleries through Friday, Feb. 14. Faculty and student scholars will present papers on a variety of themes related to the legacies of eugenics.

In addition to the various panels of papers, FAU will host two keynote addresses from experts on eugenics within two different disciplines. At 9 a.m., Fabiola López-Durán, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Rice University, will present

“Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race in Modern Brazil.” Alan Berger, Ph.D., Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz at FAU, will present “Eugenics and the Holocaust: Rehearsal for Destruction” at 2 p.m.

A full schedule for the symposium is at and further information on the Deadly Medicine exhibition is at

For more information, contact Michael J. Horswell at


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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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