• NHGRI History of Genomics Program: The Meaning of Eugenics: Historical and Present-Day Discussions of Eugenics and Scientific Racism

    December 2 - 3, 2021, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

    The NHGRI History of Genomics Program invites you to a virtual symposium titled, “The Meaning of Eugenics: Historical and Present-Day Discussions of Eugenics and Scientific Racism.”   

    The symposium will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET and Friday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET via Zoom.

    NHGRI has invited distinguished historians of science and medicine to speak at the two-day symposium that examines the history of eugenics and scientific racism and their complex legacies in the modern health sciences. In addition, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Museum of Natural History will present their own efforts on these topics and offer free educational and scholarly materials. 

    Day one will provide historical overviews on the general history of eugenics and scientific racism, with relevance for public health, the history of human genetics, medical ethics and persons with disabilities.
    Day two will focus on discussions of more recent manifestations of eugenics and scientific racism while underscoring the persistence of scientific and structural racism today in the United States. 

    This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit the website for the full agenda and registration information. The symposium will be recorded and later archived on GenomeTV.  

    For additional information about this event, please contact Britny Kish at britny.kish@nih.gov

    Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Devona Perrineau, perrineaud@nih.gov, and/or the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made five days in advance.

  • Harvard Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative: Still Alice, Movie Discussion

    December 6, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET

    Adapted from Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Oscar-winning film tells the story of renowned linguistics professor Alice Howland who fights to stay connected to her family, friends and herself after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.



    Lisa Genova, PhD is the New York Times bestselling author of Still AliceLeft NeglectedLove AnthonyInside the O’Briens, and Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting. Her TED talks on Alzheimer's and memory have been viewed over 7 million times.

    Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD is the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Vice-Chair of Neurology, and Co-Director of the McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

    James M. Wilkins, MD, PhD is a geriatric psychiatrist, medical director of the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program at McLean Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


    David Shenk is New York Times bestselling author of The Forgetting, creator of the Living with Alzheimer's Film Project, co-host of The Forgetting Podcast, and contributor to The Atlantic, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and NPR.

    The panel discussion will be held virtually via Zoom. To ensure that you will receive a link to access the event, register now. We will send out a link to the Zoom meeting the day before the event.

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  • AAMC Virtual Seminar: Legacy of Medicine During the Holocaust and its Contemporary Relevance

    January 27, 2022, 12 – 1:15 p.m. ET

    “Legacy of Medicine During the Holocaust and its Contemporary Relevance,” presented by Hedy S. Wald, PhD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Sabine Hildebrandt, MD, Harvard Medical School. Both Drs. Wald and Hildebrandt are Commissioners of the Lancet Commission on Medicine and the Holocaust, and Dr. Hildebrandt serves as co-chair.

    The Lancet Commission on Medicine and the Holocaust, established on January 27, 2021 — International Holocaust Remembrance Day — has urged the development of “educational approaches using this history to promote ethical conduct, compassionate identity formation, and moral development.” This seminar will catalyze critical thinking on the relevance of the Holocaust for contemporary medicine and help health care trainees and professionals reflect on their core values in the service of humanistic and ethically responsible patient care.

    This virtual event is sponsored by the AAMC through its Fundamental Role of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education (FRAHME) Initiative, which is dedicated to integrating the arts and humanities, including history, into contemporary medical and health professions education.

    Register Here