Author's Forum Presents: RACE: Are We So Different?: A Conversation with Yolanda Moses and Lester Monts


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  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 02/08/2013
  • Time: 7:00PM

  • Location: Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Bldg, 109 Zina Pitcher Place

  • Description:

    Illustrated in full color with images from the popular national public education project and museum exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different? offers a primer on the central idea of race and on how this notion has changed throughout our history. Goodman, Moses, and Jones explore the contemporary experiences of race and racism in the United States, and the often invisible ways that race influences laws, traditions, and social institutions. New and engaging essays by noted scholars provide examples from their individual experiences, history, and science to deal with the concepts of race and human variation.

    RACE: Are We So Different? is an accessible and fascinating look at the idea of race, demonstrating how popular belief is often inconsistent with current scientific understanding. More information on the exhibition and further teaching resources may be found at

    Yolanda T. Moses is a professor of anthropology, and a nationally recognized expert on cultural diversity. She serves as Vice Provost for Conflict Resolution and the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Excellence and Diversity at UC Riverside. From 2000-2003 she was President of the American Association for Higher Education, a Washington, D.C.-based higher education membership association composed of faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Moses served as president of The City College of New York from 1993 to 1999, and before that was vice president for academic affairs and professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. From 1982 to 1988 she was dean of the College of the Arts and professor of social science (Anthropology) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Lester P. Monts is the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Senior Counselor to the President for the Arts, Diversity and Undergraduate Affairs, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music.

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