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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.

Smithsonian Seeks Exhibition Facilitators

The Department of Outreach and Education at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History seeks creative, energetic and outgoing people to become volunteer Exhibition Facilitators for the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. NMNH will host the exhibition from June 18, 2011 through January 1, 2012.

RACE: Are We So Different? is a project of the American Anthropological Association funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. It brings together the everyday experience of living with race, the history of race as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging the foundations of the idea of race.

The numerous museums and institutions that have hosted RACE: Are We So Different? since it was launched in 2007 have all met with positive responses from their audiences and communities. In every case, volunteers have been central to that success.

Exhibition Facilitators will engage visitors in the exhibition hall and encourage them in dialogue, interaction, and reflection. In doing so, they will enhance visitors’ experience of the exhibition’s interactive and informative elements and enable thoughtful conversation and exchange about the many topics it raises.

The ideal Exhibition Facilitator is an effective communicator who enjoys listening to and talking with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. As an NMNH volunteer, you will receive specialized training from museum educators, scientists, and other staff. Training will cover the content and resources of the exhibition, styles of learning and interaction suited to museum visitors, and methods for facilitating respectful, informed, and even challenging conversations about race, identity, history, and humanity. Training will be on evenings and weekends beginning in early May and ending in mid-June.

For detailed information and to apply online, visit:
http://www.mnh.si.edu/education/race.html

or contact David LaCroix, Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at:
RaceExhibitFacilitat@si.edu

To learn more about RACE: Are We So Different? see the exhibition home page:
http://www.understandingrace.org

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