RACE: Are We So Different? 3rd Floor Atrium, through May 2019
We all know that people look different. Throughout history, those differences have been a source of strength, community and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. And while those differences are socially and culturally real, contemporary scientific understanding of race and human variation is complex and may challenge how we think about it. RACE: Are We So Different? helps visitors understand what race is and what it is not. It gives them the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life.
Take a scientific and cultural look at RACE.
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The Science Museum of Minnesota has created a small-scale version of the powerful, award-winning exhibition, RACE: Are We So Different?, for several communities in greater Minnesota, including Rochester, Worthington, and Moorhead. The exhibition opened with HCSCC at the Hjemkomst Center for Pangea—Cultivate Our Cultures on Saturday, November 17, and will run through May 2019.
The original exhibition has been seen by more than 4 million people in 51 museums across the country since its debut in 2007. Created in partnership with the American Anthropological Society, the RACE exhibit uses photography, multimedia components, interactive activities, and more to help visitors look at race from three different perspectives – biology, history, and contemporary lived experience. The three perspectives are woven together to tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact. The impact of RACE: Are We So Different? is amplified when combined with thoughtful community programming – lectures, discussions, theater programs, art exhibits – that is designed to meet the needs of the people it serves. The Science Museum is working with partners in the community to develop complementary events and programs that are tailored to Moorhead’s needs.
“We are honored to partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota to share these stories and this science with our community. As historians we routinely find ourselves confronting pervasive myths. RACE is no different in that regard, and it does a wonderful job confronting a difficult history with knowledge and understanding,” notes HCSCC executive director Maureen Kelly Jonason.
“Now, more than ever, we need to increase the quantity and quality of conversations about race in each of our communities,” says Alison Rempel Brown, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota. “The RACE exhibit serves as a launching point to do just that.”
Visitors can explore RACE: Are We So Different? at the Hjemkomst Center free of charge. It is located in the 3rd Floor Atrium. Supplementary programming will be offered through the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. Details will be offered through our Events page and Facebook as they are announced.