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Title:
From Skulls to Scans: How Brain Measurements Have Been Used, Misused and Misunderstood
When:
-  04:30PM -
Where:
Penn Museum - Philadelphia
Category:
Conference
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MortonCollectionOctober 4
Thursday, 4:30 pm
Afternoon Mini-Conference
From Skulls to Scans: How Brain Measurements Have Been Used, Misused and Misunderstood in the Study of Racial Differences

The Morton skull collection, housed at the Penn Museum, was used to test theories of racial differences in the 19th Century. Debate surrounding Morton's measurements and their interpretation was revived in the 20th Century by Stephen Jay Gould and again in the 21st by Penn anthropologists. Meanwhile, in the new era of brain imaging, scientists continue to investigate brain differences between groups of people, including racial groups. What has changed, and what has stayed the same? What have we learned? What assumptions about people, brains and race are implicit in this research? Please join us for an exploration of these many complex and important issues. This event is cosponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society.

Brief scientific presentations by: Janet Monge, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Geoffrey Aguirre, Penn Department of Neurology.

Commentary by: Dorothy Roberts, Penn Law School

Photo: Steve Minicola.

Venue

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Venue:
Penn Museum
Street:
3260 South Street
ZIP:
19104
City:
Philadelphia
State:
PA
Country:
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3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

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First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED

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