University College London Faces Its Eugenics History

What do you do when your university is celebrating one of history’s most influential racists?

Students and faculty at University College London (UCL) are confronting the legacy of Francis Galton, the founder of eugenics and a UCL professor, that continues to pervade the campus. 110 years after Galton brought UCL an offer to fund a study of National Eugenics, UCL students and faculty came together to host a conversation on “race” and racial construction and the legacy of eugenics at UCL. Deliberately, the event took place at UCL’s Francis Galton lecture theatre!

The video below highlights perspectives from UCL community members and experts.

3 thoughts on “University College London Faces Its Eugenics History

  • October 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Webster’s Dictionary:racism(1933)1:a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
    eugenics(1883):a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating)of hereditary qualities of a race or breed
    To summarize a scientific basis for extermination like formal juridical reasons to condemn and finally to deport “the other”.
    Mass murder legalized by systems voted for the explicit targets and instruments to fulfill a “holy” mission.
    no one like David Großman’s writings,especially the book “Stichwort:
    Liebe”(translated from the Hebrew ,first published 1986 in Jerusalem)
    transform or transfer what happened and happens with such a sharp grief word by word ,like the Nordic people as the superior breed : “(Der ) Neue Mensch:האדם החדש (how a superior race looks like/compare how people today have to look like to be fashionable).I like to emphasize science and immorality like the Nobel prize winner Gunnar Myrdal,an economist in favor of sterilization by law.Ja,Sweden ,Stockholm one of the first with an Institute Racial Hygiene (remarkable words like hygiene and so on).
    Science isn’t that nobel,like religion and more: self-centredness .

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  • February 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I would like to know more about the geneticists who were working at the Rockerfeller Institute in NY and their involvement with the eugenics movement.


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