Gannon University Hosts Series of Events Surrounding Deadly Medicine Exhibit

Deadly Medicine headerPosted: September 10, 2015

A series of public events around the exhibition "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" begins on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a lecture by Jeff Bloodworth, Ph.D., called "The Nazi Context for the Holocaust."

The exhibition and the lecture are both at Gannon University's Nash Library, 619 Sassafras Street.

Bloodworth, associate professor of history at Gannon University, will examine the context in which eugenics, the discredited pseudo-science of genetics, was used by the Nazis to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.

Eugenics theory emerged from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific beliefs that asserted that Charles Darwin's theories of survival of the fittest could be applied to humans. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic variation of eugenics to "scientifically" build what it considered to be a superior race. By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi racial hygiene programs.

"The Nazi Context for the Holocaust," Bloodworth said, "will contextualize the eugenics movement and the Nazis rise to power. The Deadly Medicine exhibit explains how. My talk will explain why."

Tours of the exhibit will follow and light refreshments will be served.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is a traveling exhibition created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Gannon University has scheduled a series of events to coincide with the exhibition. They include:

Creating the Deadly Medicine Exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum with Alexa D. Potter, Freelance Curator and Historian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

September 17

1:30 p.m.

Nash Library, 619 Sassafras St.

Eugenics Meets Modern Biotechnology with Kelly Grant, Ph.D., Gannon University, assistant professor of biology 

 September 24 

7:30 p.m.

Yehl Alumni Ballroom, Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh St.

The Holocaust: A Survivor Tells Her Story with Halina Peabody

October 8

7:30 p.m.

Yehl Alumni Ballroom

Interfaith Shabbat with Temple Anshe Hesed 

October 23

6:15 p.m.

Yehl Alumni Ballroom


All events and the exhibition are free to the public. The exhibition takes approximately one hour to tour and will be open during the library's normal hours. To schedule a tour for a group, please contact Caroline DiPlacido by phone at (814) 871-5816 or via email here

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