Three Generations – No Imbeciles: The History of the Eugenics Movement in America

Date: February 26, 2018


12:00pm – 1:00pm


Wake Forest University, School of Law

Dr. Paul Lombardo, Regents’ Professor & Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, Georgia State Univeristy.

Dr. Lombardo will discuss the history and implications of the American Eugenics Movement and share the disturbing behind-the-scenes story of Buck v. Bell, a Supreme Court case that upheld Virginia’s sterilization law. There will be ample time for Q&A and lunch will be served.

Dr. Lombardo has served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and published extensively on topics including eugenics, health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics. His books include: “Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell (2008) and A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (2011).” Among other things, Dr. Lombardo has served as a consultant for a U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum exhibit as well as for several films exploring the impact of eugenic screening.

Monday, 26 February 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, Room 3221, Worrell Professional Center, School of Law, Wake Forest University