Renowned Professor Comes (Virtually) to Library of the Chathams

Professor Paul Lombardo will present a virtual lecture on the legacy of Eugenics in America.  More than 100 laws were passed in the US during the 20th Century, both federal and state, that reflected ideas associated with the eugenics movement.  This presentation will survey them with an analysis of the popular beliefs people associated with "eugenics” in the first two decades of the 20th Century, including "Better Baby" and "Fitter Family" contests and the proliferation of commercial advertising that highlighted eugenic ideas.  Many of these were absorbed into the country's political and legal culture, including sterilization laws for people deemed "feebleminded" or "socially inadequate."  Click here to join us Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm.  You can also access the event through the library website under the Adults tab.

Paul A. Lombardo, Ph.D., JD, Regents' Professor & Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, is a renowned legal historian.  He is known for his work on the legacy of eugenics and sterilization in the United States.  Professor Lombardo served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  He has lectured widely at colleges and universities in the U.S., as well as in other countries.  He has been a historical consultant on several films and was a contributor and consultant for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.

Professor Lombardo has written several books, including Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell.