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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
January 14-March 27, 2015, Artwalk on January 16, 2015, 4:30-7pm
SPECIAL EVENT: February 5, 2015, 6:30pm in the Academic Center Auditorium.
Guest Speaker Event with Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice, Historian, US Holocaust Memorial Museum. This event is free and open to the public, but registrations are required at ushmm.org/events/deadly-medicine-sarasota.
Dr. Otmar von Verschuer examines twins at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. As the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute's Department for Human Heredity, Verschuer, a physician and geneticist, examined hundreds of pairs of twins to study whether criminality, feeble-mindedness, tuberculosis, and cancer were inheritable. In 1927, he recommended the forced sterilization of the "mentally and morally subnormal". Verschuer typified those academics whose interest in Germany's "national regeneration" provided motivation for their research. -Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to "cleanse" German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation's "health". Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of "hereditarily diseased" persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime's "science of race". It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection. -United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This is a traveling exhibition on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Online exhibition and educational resources.
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Closed on national holidays.
The Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries located on the first floor of the Academic Center hosts a varied exhibition program of work by students, faculty, alumni and other contemporary artists.
January 16, 2015, 4:30-7:00pm
2015 Annual Best of Ringling Student Exhibitions
April 10-April 22, 2015, Opening Reception April 10, 5-7pm