Dr. Arleen Tuchman: Eugenics
Tuesday October 21st at 7PM Wilson Hall 126
Our third event will take place on Oct. 21, as Vanderbilt History professor Arleen Tuchman discusses the impact of the international eugenics movement on developments in Germany. She addresses in particular the role of eugenic thinking and eugenic practices in the United States in paving the way for the Holocaust and in shaping its development. Prof. Tuchman received her doctorate in the history of science and medicine from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985; her research interests include the cultural history of health and disease, the rise of scientific medicine, and scientific and medical constructions of gender and sexuality. Tuchman is the author of Science, Medicine, and the State in Germany (Oxford University Press, 1993), and Science Has No Sex: The Life of Marie Zakrzewska, M.D. (U. of North Carolina Press, 2006). She is currently writing a cultural history of type 2 diabetes in the United States, 1880-1980. At Vanderbilt, Tuchman has directed the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society; she teaches courses on the history of medicine, women and health, disease and culture, the body, and scientific and medical constructions of gender and sexuality.