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      National Archives & MCHE to host author Dr. Glenn McGee in Kansas City

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      May 26, 2010

      Wednesday   5:30 PM

      400 W. Pershing
      Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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      National Archives & MCHE to host author Dr. Glenn McGee

      Kansas City, (MO)…. On May 26, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the National Archives at Kansas City, in cooperation with the Center for Practical Bioethics, will host Dr. Glenn McGee, the John B. France Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, who will speak at 7:00 p.m. on “The Perfect Baby: Eugenics, Race and Bioethics” at the Extreme Screen at Union Station, located next to National Archives. McGee’s presentation will include a discussion of eugenics, past and present, both in Germany and the United States and is in conjunction with Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race - a traveling exhibition on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition will be open for viewing and a reception will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives prior to his talk.

      Glenn McGee is a native Texan and graduated from Baylor in 1990. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 2004, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in genetics funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH. In addition to his role as holder of the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, Dr. McGee is the founding editor of bioethics’ leading journal, The American Journal of Bioethics, and editor in chief of its entire family of journals, including the new AJOB Neuroscience and AJOB Primary Research. In 2000 Baylor named him outstanding young alumnus and in 2008 one of the “top 150 graduates of all time.”

      Copies of The Perfect Baby: Parenting in the New World of Cloning and Genetics will be available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives. Following the program McGee will be available to sign copies of his books.

      For more information or to make a reservation call 816-268-8010 or register by emailing:

      Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder and, ultimately, genocide. From 1933–1945, Germany enlisted the help of physicians, scientists, public health officials and academic experts to develop racial policies aimed at “cleansing” German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health”. What began with the mass sterilization of “genetically diseased” persons resulted in the near annihilation of European Jewry. This exhibition features original artifacts, photographs, documents and historic film footage illustrating how Hitler’s Nazi regime implemented its vision of an ethnically homogeneous community through a program of racial eugenics that culminated in the Holocaust.

      Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Deadly Medicine is sponsored in part by The Samberg Family Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, and the Rosenbluth Family—Al, Sylvia, Bill, and Jerry. Additional support was provided by the Takiff Family Foundation and the David Berg Foundation. The Kansas City presentation of Deadly Medicine is made possible by the generous support of Saint Luke’s Health System, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Missouri Humanities Council, the Kansas Humanities Council, Sprint Foundation and Oppenstein Brothers Foundation. Bus subsidies have been provided by the Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund and the Flo Harris Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

      Admission, hours, and additional information

      Deadly Medicine is a free exhibition and will be open through June 10, 2010. Viewer discretion advised as this exhibition contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers. The National Archives at Kansas City is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for exhibits viewing and Tuesday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for research. Free parking is available for National Archives visitors, with additional free parking available in the Union Station Parking Garage on the west side of Union Station.

      The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit:

      The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors. Our mission is to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, KS, MCHE serves people of all faiths and cultures in Kansas, western Missouri and elsewhere in the Midwest. We serve teachers, students (primarily grades 7 through college) as well as civic and community groups through exhibits, speakers, films, an annual essay contest, teacher education, and a resource library. We honor local survivors and their experiences by recording and communicating their stories to every generation. To find out more, go to

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