What: A traveling exhibit on the eugenics movement in the United States and Germany, and its role in the Holocaust. Eugenicists believed that human beings could be "bred" to increase the prevalence of good genetic traits and eliminate bad ones in the population.
When: Feb. 27 - May 4.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul.
What to expect: A sobering lesson in science run amok. It's heavy on historic photos and newsreels, along with examples of the tools used by eugenic scientists to study, sterilize and destroy those they deemed inferior. Some displays are quite graphic, including images from the Nazis' "pediatric euthanasia" program, which targeted children with disabilities, and concentration camps. There are also videos of survivors telling their stories.
Organized by: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Tickets: The exhibit is included in the museum admission price: $8.50 for children and ages 60 and older, $11 for adults; free for members. More information: 651-221-9444 or email@example.com.
Lecture series at 7 p.m. on occasional Thursdays, $12 per person:
Feb. 28: Harriet Washington, author. "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present."
March 13: Patricia Heberer, historian, U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Putting Faces to a Faceless Crime: Profiles of 'Euthanasia' Victims."
March 27: Hans Walter-Schmuhl, University of Bielefeld, Germany. "Brain Research and Euthanasia in the Third Reich."
April 10: Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz twin experiments. "Forgiving Dr. Mengele."
April 17: Mark Soderstrom, historian, Empire State College, N.Y. "Race and Eugenics: Minnesota and the University of Minnesota."
Poll: If the state's $1.9B surplus were "fun money," how would you spend it?