University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Each Science and Race class features a panel of four to six experts, with questions led by moderators (including from public radio WHYY and African American talk radio WURD). Discussions on race are presented through the lenses of anthropology, biology, genetics, sociology, philosophy, and law. With each session, students engage in collection workshops featuring the Museum’s renowned Samuel Morton collection of more than 1,000 human crania collected from around the world in the 1800s.


Number of Videos: 15

Public Classroom 2: Biomedicine and Race - Vocabulary

From molecules to pharmacogenetics, race has made its way into medical practice. Discussions surround how, or if, racial differences contribute to disease susceptibility within biomedical practice. Speakers include Martha Farah, Ph.D. John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. Jay Kaufman, Ph.D. Dorothy Roberts, Ph.D. Carolyn Rouse, and moderator Taunya English Learn more at https://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

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Public Classroom 2: Biomedicine and Race - Lecture

From molecules to pharmacogenetics, race has made its way into medical practice. Discussions surround how, or if, racial differences contribute to disease susceptibility within biomedical practice. Speakers include Martha Farah, Ph.D. John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. Jay Kaufman, Ph.D. Dorothy Roberts, Ph.D. Carolyn Rouse, and moderator Taunya English Learn more at https://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

Time: 00:32:45
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Public Classroom 2: Biomedicine and Race - Panel Discussion

From molecules to pharmacogenetics, race has made its way into medical practice. Discussions surround how, or if, racial differences contribute to disease susceptibility within biomedical practice. Speakers include Martha Farah, Ph.D. John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. Jay Kaufman, Ph.D. Dorothy Roberts, Ph.D. Carolyn Rouse, and moderator Taunya English Learn more at https://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

Time: 01:11:12
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Public Classroom 3: Genetics and Race - Vocabulary

Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait, or gene distinguishes all the members of one society from another. Yet, discussions of genes and race have come to the forefront of discussions of the origin of modern human diversity. Public understanding of at-home genetic testing kits have led some to believe that DNA test results can demonstrate the biological validity of race; that it is objectively discoverable and meaningful. During this session, we will discuss the nature of human genetic diversity and the way that genetic data are used in conversations about race in human populations. Speakers include Fatimah Jackson, Ph.D. Amade M’charek, Ph.D. Theodore Schurr, Ph.D. Quayshawn Spencer, Ph.D. Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D. and moderator Mike Adams

Time: 00:10:28
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Public Classroom 3: Genetics and Race - Lecture

Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait, or gene distinguishes all the members of one society from another. Yet, discussions of genes and race have come to the forefront of discussions of the origin of modern human diversity. Public understanding of at-home genetic testing kits have led some to believe that DNA test results can demonstrate the biological validity of race; that it is objectively discoverable and meaningful. During this session, we will discuss the nature of human genetic diversity and the way that genetic data are used in conversations about race in human populations. Speakers include Fatimah Jackson, Ph.D. Amade M’charek, Ph.D. Theodore Schurr, Ph.D. Quayshawn Spencer, Ph.D. Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D. and moderator Mike Adams

Time: 00:38:10
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Public Classroom 3: Genetics and Race - Panel Discussion

Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait, or gene distinguishes all the members of one society from another. Yet, discussions of genes and race have come to the forefront of discussions of the origin of modern human diversity. Public understanding of at-home genetic testing kits have led some to believe that DNA test results can demonstrate the biological validity of race; that it is objectively discoverable and meaningful. During this session, we will discuss the nature of human genetic diversity and the way that genetic data are used in conversations about race in human populations.

Time: 01:20:10
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Public Classroom 4: Geography, Culture, and Race - Vocabulary

Where some natural scientists posit that human population differences are geographically patterned and the product of evolutionary process, social scientists have emphasized the historical political, economic, and social relationships that form and transform cultural practices. Speaker include: Camille Z. Charles, Ph.D. Grace Kao, Ph.D. Monique Scott, Ph.D. Christopher Heaney, Ph.D and moderator Deborah A. Thomas, Ph.D

Time: 00:14:47
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Public Classroom 4: Geography, Culture, and Race - Lecture

Where some natural scientists posit that human population differences are geographically patterned and the product of evolutionary process, social scientists have emphasized the historical political, economic, and social relationships that form and transform cultural practices. Speaker include: Camille Z. Charles, Ph.D. Grace Kao, Ph.D. Monique Scott, Ph.D. Christopher Heaney, Ph.D and moderator Deborah A. Thomas, Ph.D

Time: 00:34:56
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Public Classroom 4: Geography, Culture, and Race - Panel Discussion

Where some natural scientists posit that human population differences are geographically patterned and the product of evolutionary process, social scientists have emphasized the historical political, economic, and social relationships that form and transform cultural practices. Speaker include: Camille Z. Charles, Ph.D. Grace Kao, Ph.D. Monique Scott, Ph.D. Christopher Heaney, Ph.D and moderator Deborah A. Thomas, Ph.D

Time: 01:19:35
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Public Classroom 5: Violence and Race - Introduction

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. Speakers include John Hollway, Ph.D. Erin Kerrison, Ph.D Oliver Rollins, Ph.D. Christen Smith, Ph.D. Deborah A. Thomas, and moderator Ph.D. Sara Lomax-Reese Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/race

Time: 00:15:37
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Public Classroom 5: Violence and Race - Lecture

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. Speakers include John Hollway, Ph.D. Erin Kerrison, Ph.D Oliver Rollins, Ph.D. Christen Smith, Ph.D. Deborah A. Thomas, and moderator Ph.D. Sara Lomax-Reese Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/race

Time: 00:31:52
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Public Classroom 5: Violence and Race - Panel Discussion

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. Speakers include John Hollway, Ph.D. Erin Kerrison, Ph.D Oliver Rollins, Ph.D. Christen Smith, Ph.D. Deborah A. Thomas, and moderator Ph.D. Sara Lomax-Reese Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/race

Time: 01:26:42
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Public Classroom 1: Understanding the History of Science and Race - Lecture

Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies did not segregate people according to physical differences. Some social scientists argue that race is a social construct without biological basis—that is rooted instead in the long history of racial inequalities. Speakers include Claudine Cohen, Ph.D. Paul Mitchell Janet Monge, Ph.D. Rachel Watkins, Ph.D. Michael Yudell, Ph.D. Nichelle McKelvey-Polston Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

Time: 00:35:09
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Public Classroom 1: Understanding the History of Science and Race - Panel Discussion

Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies did not segregate people according to physical differences. Some social scientists argue that race is a social construct without biological basis—that is rooted instead in the long history of racial inequalities. Speakers include Claudine Cohen, Ph.D. Paul Mitchell Janet Monge, Ph.D. Rachel Watkins, Ph.D. Michael Yudell, Ph.D. Nichelle McKelvey-Polston Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

Time: 01:48:07
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Public Classroom 1: Understanding the History of Science - Introduction

Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies did not segregate people according to physical differences. Some social scientists argue that race is a social construct without biological basis—that is rooted instead in the long history of racial inequalities. Speakers include Claudine Cohen, Ph.D. Paul Mitchell Janet Monge, Ph.D. Rachel Watkins, Ph.D. Michael Yudell, Ph.D. Nichelle McKelvey-Polston Learn more at http://www.penn.museum/sites/pmclassroom/

Time: 00:13:27
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