This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
The Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell authorized the sterilization of US citizens confined to institutions by holding the Virginia sterilization statute constitutional. The history of the Buck v. Bell case will be discussed along with the history of the eugenics movement from its origins in the U.S., through its use as a defense in the Nuremberg trials, and finally in the Supreme Court case of Skinner v. Oklahoma. Prominent America business leaders and politicians will be noted as supporters of eugenic principles. Questions will be raised as to whether tenants of the eugenics movement are still alive in today’s society.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.