The Pseudoscience of Xenophobia: Eugenics and Immigration in America

Join Daniel Okrent, the first public editor at the New York Times, as he shares his new book, The Guarded Gate. A project five years in the making, the book traces the evolution of eugenics, the belief in a biological hierarchy of humanity, and shows how it became the backbone of restrictive immigration policies and social attitudes in America for nearly half a century. What can we learn from how the pseudoscience of the past informs the xenophobic leanings of today? Okrent is joined in conversation by Joe Nocera, author and business columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

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When: Tue., May. 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
718-222-4111
Price: $10
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Join Daniel Okrent, the first public editor at the New York Times, as he shares his new book, The Guarded Gate. A project five years in the making, the book traces the evolution of eugenics, the belief in a biological hierarchy of humanity, and shows how it became the backbone of restrictive immigration policies and social attitudes in America for nearly half a century. What can we learn from how the pseudoscience of the past informs the xenophobic leanings of today? Okrent is joined in conversation by Joe Nocera, author and business columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

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