In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free outdoor lectures on popular topics including biography, the Supreme Court, Civil War history, and more.
In the 1927 ruling of Buck v. Bell, eight justices on the U.S. Supreme Court—including former president William Howard Taft and Louis Brandeis—ruled in favor of allowing compulsory eugenic sterilization of the “unfit” and intellectually disabled. Adam Cohen discusses the practice’s supporters and victims, shedding light on this dark moment in the American legal tradition that ultimately led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans.
Adam Cohen, author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, is former assistant editorial page editor of The New York Times.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservations. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation