Intellectual Life Workshop: Judith Daar

Wednesday, February 6 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Law Building (LAW), 3500
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Judith Daar, Visiting Professor of Law, UCI School of Law, will discuss her recent book, The New Eugenics: Selective Breeding in an Era of Reproductive Technologies (Yale University Press 2017).

Publisher's description:

A provocative examination of how unequal access to reproductive technology replays the sins of the eugenics movement

Eugenics, the effort to improve the human species by inhibiting reproduction of “inferior” genetic strains, ultimately came to be regarded as the great shame of the Progressive movement. Judith Daar, a prominent expert on the intersection of law and medicine, argues that current attitudes toward the potential users of modern assisted reproductive technologies threaten to replicate eugenics’ same discriminatory practices.

In this book, Daar asserts how barriers that block certain people’s access to reproductive technologies are often founded on biases rooted in notions of class, race, and marital status. As a result, poor, minority, unmarried, disabled, and LGBT individuals are denied technologies available to well-off nonminority heterosexual applicants. An original argument on a highly emotional and important issue, this work offers a surprising departure from more familiar arguments on the issue as it warns physicians, government agencies, and the general public against repeating the mistakes of the past.

2018-2019 Intellectual Life Workshop Calendar

Lunch will be provided.

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Faculty, Staff


Intellectual Life Workshop


Centers, Intellectual Life
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