3. Tip of the Ice Age

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By Zing Gee and The Harvard Crimson. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Louis Agassiz was a professor at Harvard University in the 19th century. He originally became famous for his work proving ice ages existed. But when he arrived to teach at Harvard, his work took a turn and he began promoting the idea of polygenism — a theory used to justify racism.
In this episode, we delve into how the Harvard name and platform allowed pseudoscience to spread, and the legacy that Louis Agassiz left on our campus to this day.
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