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Science and Race: Violence and Race

Is there a connection between patterns of violence and race?  

Race is not a scientific concept, yet racism is real in American society. Race is a powerful social idea that gives people differential access to opportunities and resources. Violence has been racialized in the United States, as seen in crime statistics and as reinforced by the news media. This session explores the cultural and sociological consequences of race-based violence.

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.