RACE: Are We So Different?
On Exhibition September 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014
In the fall of 2013, Pacific Science Center will host the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? This exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association. Since its original run in 2007, RACE has sparked conversation and contemplation at institutions in over 25 cities all across the United States. By deconstructing historical, scientific and social ideas of race, the exhibit helps guests understand what race is and more importantly, what race is not. It accomplishes this by focusing on three main themes: the everyday experience of race, the history of the idea of race in the United States and the science that is challenging some commonly held ideas about race.
Contemporary scientific understandings of race and human variation are more complex than most people realize. RACE provides an informative starting point for guests to re-evaluate their own beliefs and their everyday experiences through hard scientific data, compelling personal stories and hands-on activities that creatively challenge guests to "see" through a different lens.
Seattle and the greater metropolitan area is a uniquely diverse place with its own rich history and set of racial and cultural storylines. As the exhibit will show, racial identity goes far beyond the confined spectrum of black and white. As a proud Seattle institution and a trusted community resource, this is an incredible opportunity for Pacific Science Center to help encourage broad discussion by embracing Seattle's rich cultural diversity through the lens of science.
Businesses, non-profits, PTSAs, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, government agencies, youth groups and other groups from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties are invited to participate in free Group Workshops at Pacific Science Center or your place of gathering. Group Workshops are presented in partnership with King County and the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI).
Each Group Workshop has two components:
- A 75-minute pre-exhibit session.
- A two-hour post-exhibit session.
These experiences are designed for groups to use the exhibit to expand and apply their understanding of racial equity. There are many ways that groups can use Group Workshops, including:
- To initiate or deepen work around racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
- As a training or team-building activity.
- To lay the groundwork for new or revised programming, policies or initiatives.
RSJI staff and trained facilitators will work with your group to tailor the workshop experience to your particular needs and goals. Workshop sessions can take place all in one day, including a visit to the exhibit, or on different days, with a visit to the exhibit in-between. All groups will be provided with resources and next steps to make on-going commitments to work to end racial inequity. Group Workshops are free to groups who experience the exhibit, with paid admission to Pacific Science Center. To register for a Group Workshop please visit RSJI's site.
This guide prepared by the Science Museum of Minnesota and American Anthropological Association provides high school and middle school educators with a preview and guide to the exhibition and key content discussion topics.
Teacher's Guide For High School
This in-depth guide to the RACE project was produced by the American Anthropological Association and provides exceptional information for high school teachers and students for learning about race in the classroom.
Teacher's Guide For Middle School
This in-depth guide to the RACE project was produced by the American Anthropological Association and provides exceptional information for middle school teachers and students for learning about race in the classroom.
This in-depth guide to the RACE project was produced by the American Anthropological Association and provides exceptional information for discussing race at home.
RACE Guest Discussion Guide
This supplemental guide to the exhibition, prepared by the Science Museum of Minnesota and American Anthropological Association, offers discussion topics and questions for our guests.
After visiting RACE: Are We So Different? we invite you to explore the wide spectrum of opportunities related to issues of race and social justice happening in our community. The calendar of events below comes directly from our trusted Community Collaborators and we hope that by connecting the exhibit with the region's broader initiatives, the impact and reach will extend far beyond the run of the exhibit.
Bring Your Group
RACE: Are We So Different? offers employers, educators, and community leaders a unique opportunity to start discussions about cultural perceptions. Whether you are looking to plan a visit during the day with a small group or a large-scale reception with private exhibit access, don’t miss this chance to engage your group with this experience.
For information about planning a private event for RACE: Are We So Different? click here or contact our Events Department at (206) 443-2387.
For information about special group rates and to book your group's visit, click here or contact our Sales Department at (206) 443-3611. To book a school group field trip, call (206) 443-2925.
This exhibit is fully ADA accessible.
RACE is a Project of the American Anthropological Association. Funded by Ford Foundation & National Science Foundation.
Photos courtesy of American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota.