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 American History (NMAH) is one of the pan institutional members of the steering committee for RACE: Are we So Different? exhibition. The Museum dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create learning opportunities, stimulate imaginations, and present challenging ideas about our country's past.
NMAH feels it is important to be involved in this partnership as race is central to an understanding of the American experience. The social construct of race plays a role in many of our exhibitions and programs. For example, our America On The Move and Communities in a Changing Nation exhibitions as well as our museum theater program based on the story of the Greensboro lunch counter all explore issues of race relations and conflicts that have shaped our nation.