Class 3 – October 26, 2016

Genetics and Race

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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. 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.

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Genetics and Race

This webcast includes an introduction by Dan Rahimi, Executive Director of Galleries, Penn Museum; a genetics primer presentation by Raquel Fleskes;  a collections workshop with Janet Monge, Curator-in-Charge of the Physical Anthropology Section; a moderated panel discussion with our esteemed speakers (see below); followed by an animated Q&A session. (originally recorded October 26, 2016)

Moderator & Speakers

Morton Collection Workshop

Before each panel discussion, Museum staff will present a selection of skulls from the Samuel Morton Collection of Human Crania to investigate questions related to the class topic.

In accordance with the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed by Congress in 1990, and out of respect for the beliefs of Native Americans regarding the bodies of their ancestors, the Penn Museum does not display or present images of any human remains from Native American people.

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Resources & Worksheets

To get the most out of your Public Classroom experience, follow along with our curated collection of resources and worksheets for each class.

Class 3 Full Worksheets

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Useful For:Before Class, During Class, After Class

Class outline, speaker bios, reading list, & activity

Class 3 Activity

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Useful For:After Class

(also available in the Full Class Worksheets download)

Class 3 Reading Lists (Academic, Adult, Youth)

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Useful For:Before Class, After Class

Suggested class readings for academic, adult, and youth audiences. (also available in the Full Class Worksheets download)