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Science and Race: Geography, Culture and Race

Is ancestry connected with race?  

Where some natural scientists have put forward the idea that human population differences are geographically patterned and the product of evolutionary process, social scientists have taken a different approach, emphasizing the historical political, economic, and social relationships among people in different areas of the world. They have sought to understand the formation and transformation of cultural practices vis-à-vis the power dynamics that forged modern capitalism.

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.