looks at genetic control in U.S.
Lombardo will address the legal and social history of eugenics—the
movement to improve the human species by controlling hereditary
factors—in a lecture on “Lifeguards at the Gene Pool:
Genetic Challenges and the Mirror of History,” at 3 p.m. Tuesday,
March 11, at California State University, Sacramento. The event
will be held in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.
A renowned genetic scholar, Lombardo studies the history of eugenics
and its implications on society. He has written extensively on the
subject and served on panels regarding contemporary genetics issues—from
genetic privacy to workplace genetic testing. His work on the 1927
Buck vs. Bell case decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld
states’ rights to forcibly sterilize individuals for eugenic
reasons, was instrumental in influencing the state of Virginia to
issue an apology to its victims of mandatory eugenic sterilization.
For more information contact the Department of Biological Science
at (916) 278-6535. For media assistance contact the CSUS public
affairs office at (916) 278-6156.