Let's talk about RACE at the Smithsonian

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.

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Spotlight on the Exhibit
A collage of different human facial features to form a composite face

Race: Are We So Different?
National Museum of Natural History
June 18,2011 - January 8, 2011

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.

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Featured Program

The Locker Project

What is race? What does race mean to you? Has your life been affected by race? These are the questions we asked middle and high school students from the District of Columbia Public Schools to reflect on as they created and four lockers that are an integral part of the installation of RACE: Are We So Different? at the National Museum of Natural History. Come see how students at Kimball Elementary School, School Without Walls, Bell Multicultural High School, and CentroNia worked together to create lockers that represent each group's point of view.

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Highlighted Initiative Partner

National Museum of American History

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.


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