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Mission Statement

From David Starr Jordan to William Shockley, the history of Stanford University has been intertwined with the histories of eugenics and scientific racism in the United States and abroad since its founding in 1885. Through a series of lectures and discussions, we aim to examine the lasting legacies of eugenics and scientific racism, their impact on the sciences and higher education, and the ways in which universities both combat and perpetuate these legacies.

For more on the history of eugenics at Stanford University, visit our digital gallery.

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About the Project

The Eugenics and Scientific Racism at Stanford and Beyond Project is sponsored by the Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics. Additional support was granted by the History Department and the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science.