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RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
Experience race in a new traveling exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center called RACE: Are We So Different? Explore the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Discover what’s not so visually apparent—hint: we’re not all that different!Throughout history, human differences have been a source of strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. While our differences are socially and culturally real, current science tells us we share a common ancestry and what we are really seeing are natural variations, results of migration, marriage and adaptation to different environments. In the exhibit, we’ll reveal the reality, and unreality, of race. Explore the stories of race through three themes: the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race, and the history of this idea in the United States.Delve into hands-on activities for all ages! A dynamic 3-D animation takes you “inside” for a close up look at our molecular selves. Scan your skin and see your photo appear alongside the scans of other visitors’ skin, and watch a colorful mosaic of skin tones appear before your eyes. Also, challenge yourself! Match voices you hear with photos of people of different races to see if you can identify a person’s race by their speech.Lead Sponsor: Rochester Area Community FoundationPresented by: ESL Federal Credit UnionFor more information, visit http://www.rmsc.org/experiences/exhibits/race/Facing Race, Embracing Equity Rochester Racial Equity InitiativeIn connection with the exhibit, Facing Race, Embracing Equity was born locally. This initiative is designed to promote awareness about racial issues in Rochester and foster meaningful conversations about how we can substantially improve our understanding of each other, identify pathways to alleviate structural inequity, and reduce disparities that exist in our community. Join us, along with the Rochester Initiative for Structural Equality (RISE) Coalition, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Action for Better Community (ABC), Rochester City School District, and several other community partners as we create programs and events to make a difference. Discover more at faceraceroc.org.