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New Book Synthesizes and Reorients Ideas About Race

Race is a small but powerful word!  Race shapes how one sees and is seen by others. In the new book, RACE: Are We So Different?, authors Alan H. Goodman, Yolanda T. Moses and Joseph L. Jones explore how the central idea of race has been challenged and changed throughout history.

The book mirrors the nationally recognized public education project and museum exhibition of the same name by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). RACE: Are We So Different? casts a critical eye on race and racism in the United States through the lenses of history, science and lived experience. The book explains how human variation differs from the idea of race and conveys three central messages: 1) Race is a recent human invention, 2) Race is about culture, not biology, and 3) Race and racism are embedded in institutions and everyday life.

 RACE Book“Once in a while, but very rarely, a book comes along that clarifies and reorients a whole field of study. Race: Are We So Different? is such a book. Goodman, Moses, and Jones clearly and powerfully inform and enlighten the reader, not only about the latest scientific understandings of race, but also about why democracy and freedom depend on those understandings.   This book is a triumph!  Highly recommended for course adoption across the disciplines…” says Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Engaging essays by prominent scholars reveal how the idea and realities of race and racism are experiences today. Illustrated in full color with more than 150 images, RACE: Are We So Different? is a book that will have readers visualizing and questioning what race is really all about.

About the Authors
Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Biological Anthropology and the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hampshire College, Goodman has written extensively on human variation and the biological consequences of inequality and poverty. Goodman is a past President of the AAA.

Yolanda T. Moses is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Excellence and Equity at the University of California, Riverside. A cultural anthropologist, she has published extensively on issues of social inequality in complex societies and cultural diversity in higher education in the United States, India and South Africa. With Goodman, she co-leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Moses is a past President of the AAA.

Joseph L. Jones was RACE project manager for the American Anthropological Association. He has written on race and the stresses of slavery at the historic, New York African Burial Ground. Jones teaches at Howard University in Washington, DC.

 

NEW – RACE Posters

RACE posterNEW!  RACE: Are We So Different posters now available on the AAA Online Store. Order yours today at the special AAA member price of $4.99.

New RACE Item

RACE posterNEW!  RACE: Are We So Different posters now available on the AAA Online Store. Order yours today at the special AAA member price of $4.99.

RACE: Are We So Different in Springfield, MO

The RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit is now at the Discovery Center in Springfield, MO.

Looking through the eyes of history, science, and lived experience, RACE: Are We So Different? explores similarities and differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race. The story behind RACE: Are We So Different? is complex and may challenge how you think about race and human variation, about the differences among people and the similarities that unite us all.  This exhibit is included in Discovery Center admission.

Visit the Discovery Center today!

Not in Missouri? Visit the virtual exhibit now.

Have You Seen the RACE: Are We So Different Exhibit?

Have you seen the RACE: Are We So Different Exhibit? The Exhibit is currently on location at the University of Northern Iowa Museums, located in Cedar Falls, IA.  The Exhibit will be on display until Saturday, June 9. Admission is free. Check the Museum website for hours and directions.

Not near Cedar Falls? Visit the RACE: Are We So Different virtual exhibit today!

Don’t forget to order your RACE t-shirt and educational dual disc set at the AAA online store. Special discounts are available for teachers and AAA members.

Let’s talk about RACE!

Have you been to the RACE exhibit lately? For the past few months the RACE: Are We So Different? museum exhibits have been at the Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond), Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, OH), and the University of Northern Iowa Museums (Cedar Falls). If you are located in these areas, stop in a check it out. If not, visit the virtual exhibit now.

RACE at the Smithsonian on September 21

The RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit is at the Smithsonian Institute ‘s National Museum of Natural History. In tandem with the exhibit, Smithsonian is hosting a monthly series of events entitled The Scholar is In and The Scholar is Online.

The Scholar Is In is a new program series for RACE: Are We So Different?, a temporary exhibition on view at the Museum through January 8, 2012. Visitors can meet and talk with anthropologists, scientists, historians, sociologists, and other researchers about race, science, history, and society in the exhibition hall.

On September 21st, meet Dr. Tom Guglielmo in the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition from 1pm to 3pm. Dr. Guglielmo is Associate Professor in the George Washington University’s American Studies Department. He will talk about his current research, including a book tentatively titled Race War: World War II and the Crisis of American Democracy. He’ll discuss how race shaped the draft, military blood banks, and other stories in a multiracial synthesis of Americans during the war years.

Can’t make  it to the museum?  Visit RACE’s virtual exhibit and chat with Dr. Tom Guglielmo from 3pm to 4pm online. Click here to meet us at 3pm.

Prof. Guglielmo’s teaching and research interests include race and ethnic studies, immigration, and twentieth-century U.S. social, cultural, and political history. His book, White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945, won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.

RACE in the Community

This summer the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opened at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibit, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region held  its annual meeting and kicked off the themed series Putting Race on the Table.

On Wednesday, September 14, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region will continue its Putting Race on the Table series by bringing the topic of race into the community through a community tour, entitled Race and Revitalization. The tour will explore the H Street corridor in Washington, D.C.

In its heyday the H Street NE corridor in the District of Columbia was a bustling neighborhood as well as a destination for food, entertainment, shopping and other services for African-Americans. But in recent years, the demographics of the neighborhood have changed, as new businesses and new residents are taking advantages of the area’s revitalization. Join us on our exploration of H Street and speak with residents and business owners, old and new, to explore whether the revitalization of H Street is creating equitable opportunities for all residents.

The tour begins at 8:30am. The tour is free and open to the public. Click here for complete details and to RSVP.

Not in the Washington, D.C. area? Visit the virtual exhibit of RACE: Are We So Different?

RACE Exhibit Opens at Smithsonian

Will you be in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend?

If so, check out the opening of the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The museum is open to the public daily (except December 25) and hours are from 10am to 5:30pm. Visit the museum’s website for additional details.

Can’t make it to Washington, D.C.? Visit the RACE virtual exhibit.

RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit in National Spotlight

Mark your calendars! The RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit is coming to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is summer.

Are you interested in conversations about science, history, and culture? Have you heard that the RACE: Are We So Different?  traveling exhibition will open this month at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History? Please join us for a special lecture and discussion with Dr. Yolanda T. Moses on Friday, June 17 from 10-11am in Natural History’s Baird Auditorium.

 Dr. Moses is the American Anthropological Association’s lead curator for the RACE exhibition, and a professor of anthropology and Vice Provost for Conflict Resolution at the University of California-Riverside. She will be speaking about the history and making of RACE: Are We So Different? After the program, attendees are invited to explore the exhibition.

 RACE: Are We So Different? opens to the public on Saturday, June 18. The exhibition is a project of the American Anthropological Association, created in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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