A Dangerous Idea: The History of Eugenics in America

Thursday, May 2, 2019 • 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Free for 1787 Society Members
$10 Members, teachers, & students
$18 Non-Members
$35 Members w/ CLE credit
$40 Non-Members w/ CLE credit

Exactly 92 years after the infamous Buck v. Bell decision, the Center presents a partial screening of “A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream”—an award-winning documentary exploring the legal history of the eugenics movement in the United States. Following the screening, join the film’s executive producer, writer and attorney Andrew Kimbrell, acclaimed author and journalist Daniel Okrent, and law and bioethics scholars Paul Lombardo and Dorothy Roberts for a conversation exploring the dark history of eugenics and the Constitution. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

DVD’s of “A Dangerous Idea” and copies of The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent can be pre-purchased at checkout or purchased onsite at the program. A DVD signing with Andrew Kimbrell and book signing with Daniel Okrent will follow the program.

Watch this America's Town Hall program live at constitutioncenter.org/live.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

This program is available for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. The National Constitution Center regularly applies for and receives CLE credit in PA, CA, NY, IL, TX, and DE for live events. Credit is also available in AK, AZ, CO, CT, NH, and NJ. All other U.S. jurisdictions allow attorneys to self-apply for credit for live events held outside their state. For more information and to view all of the Center's in-person and on-demand CLE offerings, visit constitutioncenter.org/CLE.

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