Knowing who you are, where you came from, is a central purpose of education, and frankly not only in the humanities but in biology.
What could be more wholesome or innocent than a visit to the zoo? You may ask that now, but it was a quite a different state of affairs a century ago.
Darwin-inspired racism was the consensus science of its day. Speaking out against it would have made you a crank and a science-denier.
It’s an excellent way to supplement what students are learning about the scientific evidence on biological and cosmic origins.
It’s not possible to understand current controversies about physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, eugenics, and related subjects without appreciating the long history behind these ideas.