A project of American Anthropological Association
At UMMNH from February 9 through May 27, 2013
People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.
The idea of “race” has been used historically to describe these differences and to justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge “racial” differences, and even challenge the very concept of race.
Race: Are we so different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national 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 in the United States. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.UnderstandingRace.org.
The traveling Race exhibit has inspired the University of Michigan’s Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement initiative including the campus-wide, winter term Understanding Race Theme Semester, centered in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; participation by all ten public school districts in Washtenaw County; and extensive involvement by community members, nonprofits, government agencies, and other groups.