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The History of the Eugenics Movement in the United States
January 24, 2021 @ 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Lee Scheier, journalist and playwright, will speak on the topic, The History of the Eugenics Movement in the United States. He will discuss the harrowing tale of Harvard Professor, Charles Davenport’s almost successful quest to create a master race in the U.S. in the early 20th century by having all people in the U.S. of low intelligence sterilized or killed as 27 states passed sterilization laws and 70,000 Americans were sterilized. Davenport’s success influenced Hitler’s master race ideas leading to the extermination of the Jewish people and has relevance today in the White Nationalist Movement.
Originally from New York City, Scheier moved to Chicago in 1987. As a journalist he wrote many stories for the Chicago Tribune, mostly for the Sunday magazine, including many long feature cover stories. He also wrote for Chicago Magazine and other publications. His play, Transference, was produced at the Mercury Theater in Chicago. Scheier has just finished working on a musical, Myth America, working with a talented composer and lyricist. From his journalism work he developed a love of researching stories which has led to his work as a lecturer.
After services, from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, we will open Zoom for informal general discussion, as well as an opportunity to join a conversation group with Lee Scheier.
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