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University investigates ‘racist’ eugenics conference held on campus since 2014


University investigates 'racist' eugenics conference held on campus since 2014
The annual event was secretly held at University College London (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

University College London is investigating how a ‘racist’ eugenics conference has secretly taken place on its campus every year since 2014.

The London Conference on Intelligence included talks by controversial speakers including white supremacists, child rape advocates, and those with extreme views on race and gender.

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An expose on the conference published by London Student said that honorary UCL lecturer James Thompson has hosted the event.

The university said it had no knowledge of the conference and will seek an explanation from Prof Thompson.

In the meantime, any further bookings by the organisers have been suspended while a ‘potential breach of its room bookings process’ is investigated.

A spokesperson for UCL said: ‘Our records indicate the university was not informed in advance about the speakers and content of the conference series, as it should have been for the event to be allowed to go ahead.’

The university’s statement added: ‘We are an institution that is committed to free speech but also to combating racism and sexism in all forms.’

"Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links"
The London Student newspaper exposes a very unpleasant meeting.https://t.co/hgmK0D71yq

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Among those who attended last May’s conference was Toby Young, whose appointment as universities regulator earlier this month sparked a backlash.

Young, who quit the role this week, told The Guardian he attended as research for a speech he later gave ‘about the history of controversies provoked by intelligence researchers’.

Previous talks at the LCI, which has used UCL’s insignia on its publications, includes one given by Richard Lynn, who has called for a ‘phasing out’ of the ‘populations of incompetent cultures’, London Student reported.

He has previously written about differences in average intelligence between men and women, and between different races.

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Another speaker was blogger Emil Kirkegaard, who has argued that men should be allowed to have ‘sex with a sleeping child’.

Adam Rutherford, a writer and geneticist, said he believes some of the views at the LCI were a ‘pseudoscientific front for bog-standard, old-school racism’.

UCL professor David Colquhoun told London Student: ‘The actual genetic difference between humans, with respect to race or sex, is absolutely miniscule compared to what they have in common.’

He added that Prof Thompson ‘clearly doesn’t understand genetics’.

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