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Colloquium Series 2021

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility hosts a monthly colloquium series which explores pressing issues in ethics and leadership. The colloquia, led by experts in their respective fields, serves as a platform for dialogue and discussion on topics ranging from systemic racism, digital privacy, pandemic ethics and other Covid-19-related problems, to fake news, sports ethics, and civility in political discourse.

The series takes place via Zoom and is free and open to the public. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants in advance of each date.

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A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.

This event is a panel discussion on the documentary film A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream with scholars and activists associated with the film, including the writer and producer. Participants are invited to screen the film at their leisure prior to the discussion.

The film can be watched on Vimeo or on Amazon Prime with a subscription.

A Dangerous Idea tells the story of how powerful forces in the United States have used biology as a social weapon to stall the advancement of economic and social equality among its citizenry. Claims about discoveries of genes for intelligence, poverty and crime offer pseudoscientific explanations and justifications for rapidly rising rates of inequality and discrimination. A Dangerous Idea shows the great injustices and human tragedies that have been perpetrated in the name of the “gene” over the last century, ending with an empowering message as it reveals current discoveries in science which demonstrate that there are no biologically deterministic barriers to a more equal and just society.



Stephanie Welch, Paragon Media

Director, Producer, and Co-Writer of A Dangerous Idea


Read A Dangerous Idea by Stephanie Welch, written for  the Institute's Ethos Magazine, March 2020.



William H. Tucker

Professor Emeritus, Psychology

Rutgers University

Read Science and Human Rights by William  Tucker, written for  the Institute's Ethos Magazine, March 2020.


Milton Reynolds

San Francisco Bay Area-based Career Educator, Author, Equity and Inclusion Consultant and Activist


Agustín Fuentes

Professor, Anthropology

Princeton University

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The March 2020 edition of Ethos Magazine, published by the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility, focused on the issue of Eugenics, Genetics, and the American Dream. Read it here.