Understanding Race: Are We So Different?

Intercultural Pedagogy

Understanding Race: Are we so different?, originally designed as a traveling museum exhibition, has been updated and is now available online.

The exhibition RACE: Are we so different? was developed as a museum exhibit in 2007, by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. RACE has been the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism, with a focus  on the United States.

[Racism] is not about how you look, it is about how people assign meaning to how you look. – Robin D.G. Kelley, Historian

The exhibition brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations. Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.

The online version includes additional resources that are not typically included in a museum exhibition: a bibliography of related publications, list of related websites, and a glossary. This should be a useful tool for anyone teaching about the concept of race.

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