In conjunction with the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? currently on view at the National Museum of Natural History (June 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012) , the Smithsonian is creating programming throughout its various museums and learning centers that supports public conversations about this important topic.
This much talked about, and well-received exhibit explores the topic of race from cultural, historical, and scientific perspectives and provides for positive dialogue and reflection.
YES Interns and RACE: Are We So Different?
The Youth Engagement through Science internship program engages high school sophomores and juniors from the Washington DC area in exciting internships at the National Museum of Natural History working on meaningful research projects with the Museum's world class research scientists.As part of the program, YES students will be trained as Facilitators to work in the RACE exhibition, providing them with additional experience in learning, education, and public engagement. They will complement the new volunteer corps for the exhibition, and bring a new capacity as peer Facilitators for any young adult visitors.
Highlighted Initiative Partner
The National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the natural world and our place in it. The museum strives to foster dialogue and understanding around the important topics of evolution, the significance of cultural views and values, and the natural and human factors that shape cultures and their environments.
The museum is home to some of the world's most comprehensive biological and anthropological collections, supporting research done by Smithsonian scientists in the museum and around the world. This body of knowledge and objects form the basis of rich exploratory experiences and programming that foster constructive discussions about natural and cultural topics of relevance to our modern society. Among those topics of importance is the issue of race.
The museum is a steering committee member for the pan-institutional RACE initiative and the hosting museum of the Race: Are We So Different? exhibition.