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Exhibition “We Are Not Alone”: Legacies of Eugenics at Harvard Countway Library
May 18, 2023 - September 29, 2023
The FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Countway Library, the Centre for Medical Humanities at Oxford Brookes University, the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and the Harvard Department of the History of Science are co-sponsoring a showing of the exhibition “We Are Not Alone”: Legacies of Eugenics at Harvard’s Countway Library this summer.
Engaging with, and contributing to, a global anti-eugenic movement of reckoning with the past, the exhibition “We Are Not Alone”: Legacies of Eugenics reveals the shifting and fluid meanings that characterised ideas of human betterment in different national and international contexts. It offers a historically informed account of our eugenic past, present, and future, balancing various elements of continuity and discontinuity, of idiosyncrasy and similarity. Continued education about and engagement with eugenics, as well as its public condemnation, are essential components of our efforts to understand a hidden and tenebrous past, while at the same time, continuing work towards a fair and just society.
The “We Are Not Alone”: Legacies of Eugenics exhibition on view at Harvard Countway Library’s Minot Room during the exhibition opening on May 18, 2023. Photos by Danai Macridi and Natalia Linos/FXB Center: