Evening Ethics: “Asperger, Autism, and Nazi Medicine: Perspectives from a Historian” with Dr. Edith Sheffer
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Lower Level, Eccles Health Sciences Library
CME and Light Refreshments
January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Red Army liberated Auschwitz on that day in 1945, so 2020 marks the 75th anniversary. Each year URemembers brings speakers and events to honor that history. The PMEH is happy to collaborate and welcome Dr. Edith Sheffer, historian, author and senior fellow at the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley, to discuss her historical research on Dr. Hans Asperger and his work with autistic and disabled children in Vienna during the Nazi regime. We invite you to join us and consider the ethical questions raised by the fraught histories of Asperger’s ideas and actions. What do we do with medical research connected to Nazi ideology? How and when does the origin of medical research matter? The suggested reading for this session is the Introduction and Chapters 6 and 7 of Sheffer’s book, Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the reading material.
This Evening Ethics is a collaboration of The Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine with URemembers, The Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library.