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Humanities at the Forefront of Congressional Vote on National Budget

The Annual Meeting for the National Humanities Alliance took place on March 7, 2011 at George Washington University, followed by Humanities Advocacy Day on March 8 at Capitol Hill. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to provide concrete ways to exemplify and frame arguments to support the humanities, skills meeting participants would need for the following Advocacy day.

AAA’s Director of Public Affairs, Damon Dozier was featured in a three member panel that exemplified the field of humanities. Dozier emphasized the importance of education through the biological sciences and cultural perceptions o f race. Through the RACE: Are We So Different? public education program, AAA has spurred dialogue across the nation to embrace cultural differences and rethink preconceived notions of race and racism in the United States.

Bill Davis, AAA’s Executive Director, joined NHA’s national delegation that met with congressional members that hold stature within congressional committees. Damon Dozier and Joslyn Osten, Marketing & Communications Manager, joined first-time constituent lobbyist, Hollis Clayson of Northwestern University in meeting with the representatives of Illinois. While all meetings with congressional staffers were fruitful, feedback led to the conclusion that the representatives who have a history of supporting humanities will work out the best possible solution to minimize the financial impact of the national budget on humanities funding.

Although NHA’s Advocacy Day was a success, lobbying for humanities funding cannot be completed in just one day. Congress will be voting this week and in the coming weeks on bills and revisions to settle the national budget. NHA and AAA need your help in communicating the critical need for funding the research and grant-related programming offered in your communities today. Contact your congressional representative now to demonstrate your support for humanities and visit NHA’s website to stay tuned in to the latest budgetary developments.

AAA Online Store

Have you noticed a new look to the AAA homepage? At the very top of the page, there is a little blue shopping bag. With the new AMS system up and running, the AAA online store is back in business! Visit the store to purchase your audio/visual materials and your RACE: Are We So Different gear.

As a member, you can now take care of all your transactions at one time while logged into AnthroGateway. Be sure to log-in today! While you are there, don’t forget to update your member profile under the My Information tab.

Race for RACE

 Lace up your running shoes this April in the Race for RACE.

In memory of Alan Jaffe, the San Diego Museum of Man is hosting their very first 5k run. The race will start and finish in front of the San Diego Museum of Man. The course runs through beautiful Balboa Park.

Sign up now for early bird registration! All proceeds benefit the Monarch School and the San Diego Museum of Man educational programs, aimed at promoting acceptance through education.

For complete event details and to register, click here.

AAA Past President Honored

Congratulations to Yolanda Moses!

Dr. Moses will be honored tonight with the Riverside NAACP Freedom Fund Award for her work with the community and the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit that was recently on tour at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Because of the exhibit’s presence, it “spurred dialogue and emphasized the commonalities among all people” in the community, according to Waudieur Rucker-Hughes, president of the Riverside NAACP.

To read more and listen to the podcast, click here.

Past President Yolanda Moses Speaks on RACE

The RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opened last weekend at the San Diego Museum of Man. AAA Past President, Yolanda Moses joins Micah Parzen, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Man in an interview on KPBS radio show These Days, hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh.

These Days decribes the topic of race as:
The idea of looking into the history and science of race might have been a powder-keg topic for a museum exhibit just a few years ago. But, America’s attitudes and demographics are changing. And at the same time, our cultural and scientific understanding of the different races of humans has improved by leaps and bounds.

 For the complete story and to listen to the broadcast, click here.

Museum of Man opens RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit

Running on the heels of this morning’s video roundup, be sure to check out the San Diego Museum of Man’s RACE commercial:

If you are a member of the San Diego Museum of Man, check out the new RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit tonight at a special member’s only event.

The RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opens for the general public tomorrow, Saturday, February 12. The exhibit runs until May 15. Check out the San Diego Museum of Man’s website for complete details.

Not in San Diego this weekend? Visit RACE’s virtual exhibit!

AAA’s Video Round Up

A flurry of interesting videos have made their way across the AAA desks this week. Embracing people and race, here are our favorites:

The Anthropology department of the Univeristy of North Carolina – Charlotte is actively engaged in the RACE: Are We Do Different? exhibit that has opened this past week in Charlotte, NC at Discovery Place. Check out these two clips from the local television broadcast News 14 Carolina. The first clip features AAA’s very own Janet Levy. Dr. Levy is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology.

 The second clip features AAA’s very own Jonathan Marks. Dr. Marks is an Anthropology Professor at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

 

The next video was highlighted on The Clog, a blog by Charlotte’s Creative Loafing. This blog featured the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit in a post titled “We’re All Pink Underneath“. To prepare readers for the exhibit, the blog highlights The New York Times video U.S.: Young and Mixed in America.

In this video, The Huffington Post features video footage of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon. Click here for the complete Huffington Post article.

Do you have a favorite video? Add the video link to your comment. We might highlight it in our next video round-up!

RACE exhibit’s perfect timing

Timing of our RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit could not have worked out better as it opens tomorrow at Discovery Place in Charlotte. Simultaneous to the exhibit’s opening weekend, the American Renaissance’s conference was scheduled to take place at a local hotel. Due to the nature of this white nationalist conference, hosted by the New Century Foundation, the hotel cancelled the conference contract citing concern for guest safety. Local groups, such as the Southern Anti-Racism Network, were planning protests against the conference.

As you may imagine, the organization is quite upset with the lack of support and has turned to the city’s mayor pro tem, an African-American, for support. The mayor has also cited concern for public safety as reason to not pressure its businesses to host the conference. The Foundation’s leader, Jared Taylor, sought a new meeting location but also a public apology from the City of Charlotte for its violation of the organization’s First Amendment rights to free speech. Taylor received neither and the conference has been cancelled.

Mary Curtis of Politics Daily, an AOL original news source, writes:

Probably not on the agenda of Taylor, who said he believes the races have evolved independently, is the newest exhibit set to open this weekend at Charlotte’s hands-on science museum, Discovery Place. In an accident of timing that could not be more perfect, “Race: Are We So Different?” promises visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any other living species and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race.

“We all can see that people look different, but modern science and anthropology may alter how we understand and experience race,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “Science has demonstrated that humans cannot be divided into ‘races’ based on physical attributes or genes. It’s about the effects of geography and where people live, not categories.”

We hope that the American Renaissance conference attendees and Taylor drop in on the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at Discovery Place while they are in Charlotte. Perhaps they might learn a thing or two about the science of race.

RACE exhibit spurs discussion from Boston to San Diego

When Boston’s Museum of Science opened its doors this past weekend to debut the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit, the museum challenged Bostonians to learn and discuss the common assumptions about differences amongst people. Discussions certainly have the buzz around the city these days; here’s a roundup of the latest:

Callie Crossley, of The Callie Crossley Show on Boston’s NPR station WGBH, interviewed Evelynn Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and a professor of the history of science. In their discussion, they look at the scientific approach to race and the impact of historical and cultural influences. Listen to the episode: Callie Crossley – RACE episode

Jody Feinberg, reporter for The Patriot Ledger, interviews museum attendees on their perspective of race in relation to the cultural versus biological differences amongst people. She speaks with AAA member, Alan Goodman and the chairwoman for the museum’s educational team, Nina Catubig Nolan, about the concepts and goals of the exhibit. Fienberg also highlights the variety of programs and activities that the Museum of Science offers in tandem with the exhibit. Read Jody’s article here.

The 10th grade students of the Community Charter School of Cambridge welcomed media during a the exhibit’s press preview. Wicked Local Cambridge interviewed students and teachers on their experience with the RACE exhibit. Click here for the article.
 
A second RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will debut next month at the San Diego Museum of Man. An exhibit sponsor, Luce Forward announced it will host a private showing of the exhibit in February in recognition of the diversity of the legal community.  View the announcement here.

For additional information on RACE: Are We So Different?, visit the RACE website.

Want to read more press coverage on RACE: Are We So Different? Visit RACE in the News.

RACE: Are We So Different opens Saturday in Boston

To all of our blog readers of the Boston area, we have a weekend event you won’t want to miss! The RACE: Are We So Different exhibit opens on Saturday at the Museum of Science in Boston, where it will remain until May 15. The Museum opens at 9am and tickets cap at $21. Click here for complete Museum details.

The exhibit has already been making headlines throughout the Boston area. Reporter Michael Chin of Color Magazine describes that the exhibit “successfully provides an interactive and comprehensive look at what is race, if anything at all.” Read the entire article here.

ABC6 News in Providence, RI also picked up the arrival of the RACE exhibit. For complete coverage, click here.

Not in the Boston area? Visit the RACE: Are We So Different virtual tour today!

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