The RACE Project was originally designed to convey three key messages: (1) Race is a recent human invention; (2) Race is about culture, not biology; and (3) Race and racism are embedded in institutions and everyday life. The conceptual separation of race from evolved human variation and the endemic nature of racism proposed by these messages contradict aspects of a racial worldview shared by many in the United States. Yet, encouragingly, the project has been well-received both in the U.S. and abroad. Indeed, three traveling exhibits, a website, two books and teaching and training materials are all a part of this project to understand the deep imbeddedness of the concept of race in the U.S. psyche.
This project was launched in 2007. What have we learned? and what are the next steps for the project and for the U.S. As the U.S. public continues to confront the notion that race and racism are more complex, nuanced and prevalent than many believe, we continue to explore next steps including promoting racial literacy and understanding at all levels of education; the integration of concepts such as “global vision” and “social and emotional literacy” into educational standards and frameworks throughout the country which will provide an opportunity to promote RACE and anthropology systematically at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.
Yolanda T. Moses served as President of the American Anthropological Association, Chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Past President of City University of New York/ The City College (1993-1999), and President of the American Association for Higher Education (2000-2003). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation from 1996 to 2008.
She currently serves as Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods. She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States. More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa.When
Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 3:00 pm
Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre