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Science and Race: Genetics and Race

What do evolution, diversity, and genes have to do with race?  

Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait, or gene distinguishes all the members of one society from another. Discussions of genes and race have come to the forefront of discussions of the origin of modern human diversity. At-home genetic testing kits have come to promote the notion that race has a genetic basis, and that it is objectively discoverable and meaningful. During this session we will discuss how understanding a person’s DNA contributes to their racial makeup.

This session will be live-streamed. RSVP here.

This event is part of the Public Classroom @ Penn Museum - Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse

Join over 25 internationally recognized experts from diverse backgrounds for an in-depth and powerful exploration intent on providing discussion tools to aid people in examining their beliefs about race, science, and justice in this free series of five evening classes. Each class includes discussions on race through the lens of anthropology, biology, genetics, sociology, philosophy, and law as well as collection workshops presenting the Samuel Morton human cranial collection, reading materials, and other resources. Sign up for one, several, or all classes. Classes are held Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Advance registration is not required, but recommended. For more information, visit

Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse is supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Partners in this program include Penn’s Campaign for Community, the School for Social Policy and Practice, Camra, and WHYY.