It's a simple truth.
People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.
The idea of "race" has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge "racial" differences, and even question the very concept of race.
RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.
Visitors to RACE: Are We So Different? will meet trained volunteers there to encourage dialogue and reflection, answer questions, and help visitors explore the exhibition. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.
Name: Ingrid Sobiesky
“I am a freshman Anthropology student at University of Maryland College Park from Howard County Maryland. I love dancing, SCUBA diving, and visiting DC. Someday I hope to work at NMNH as an archaeologist or anthropologist. I love all the Smithsonian museums but NMNH is my world! This is an exciting opportunity to work in a space I love being in and engage people in a topic important in both my coursework and to us as a society at large.”
Learn more about the history of race in America, the science of human variation, and more.
Visit understandingrace.org, the RACE Project website >
Download flyer of family activities occuring October 21st at the National Museum of Natural History.
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