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 the American Indian promotes cross-cultural understanding through our programs, collections, and exhibits. Spanning over 10,000 years of history and hundreds of indigneous societies in the Western Hemisphere, NMAI holds diversity as a core value. At the same time that we educate national and global audiences about the myriad of Native peoples, we also hold to our common humanity with individuals of all backgrounds. NMAI consistently engages in dialogues with our visitors about the meaning of pluralism in the context of American identity. For this reason, our museum is especially well situated to advance public conversations on the complex yet vital topic of race in collaboration with our partners across the Smithsonian Institution.
While all of our work either implicitly or explicitly cover issues related to race and diversity, we do have an inaugural exhibit called Our Lives: Contemporary Native Life and Identity which clearly speaks to matters of race, policy, and identification. NMAI is preparing a symposium as part of the programming for the Race Initiative which will further delve into the matters covered by the Race Exhibit and also the Our Lives Exhibit entitled Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? This is a scholarly symposium which will open conversation on current thinking about legal codification and sovereignty as they relate to tribal identification. The symposium will take place on September 16, 2011 at NMAI.