Rev. Robert Fleischmann will lecture next week on eugenics’ detrimental consequences.Rev. Robert Fleischmann will lecture next week on eugenics’ detrimental consequences.

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Center for Bioethics will host Rev. Robert Fleischmann, who will speak on eugenics and its infectious corruption of foundational values for the protection of all people.

This free event, titled “Eugenics: Improvement to the Detriment of Society,” will be from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the School of Pharmacy building Room 008.  Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend.

“In the name of efficiency, productivity, practicality and economics, human eugenics rings with a natural appeal,” reads Fleischmann’s lecture synopsis. “Positively, it is the hope to remove by selective reproduction discrepancies in the ideal human being. Negatively, it is the labeling and subsequent elimination of the burdensome, ailing, and undesirables of society. History has demonstrated an uncanny knack for blurring the line between the two and then reverse engineering the reasoning to justify the activity.”

Fleischmann is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, and received his Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.  He has served as the National Director of Christian Life Resources since 1988, in which capacity he writes and speaks on life and family issues throughout North America.  In 1993 he founded New Beginnings—A Home for Mothers, which is located in Milwaukee, WI.  He teaches an online graduate course on Bioethics and Biotechnology for Concordia University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Bioethics.  He is also the pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Slinger, WI.

Concordia’s Center for Bioethics is a Christian academic center that applies God’s Word to issues involving biology and health care through teaching, service, and research. It provides Christ-centered courses, conferences, seminars, information, and guidance to students, professionals, and the general public.

For more information, contact Director Kevin Voss at 262-243-4398 or

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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