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Race and Science: Biology and the Justification of Racial Differences and Exploitation, 1600-2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Garland E. Allen, Ph.D.,Professor of Biology, Washington University of St. Louis

The concept of race as we know it arose in the 16th and 17th centuries. From the very beginning, various biological, or naturalistic, explanations were developed to describe differences between races and to justify race-based discrimination. Washington University Professor of Biology, Dr. Garland E. Allen, examines the history of these “scientific” endeavors. From debates about whether indigenous people were even the same species as Europeans, to studies of cranial capacities and body forms, to the use of genetics in the early 20th century, these attempts were always geared to show the differences between groups and explicitly or implicitly providing a rationale for economic and social exploitation.

Presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, RACE: Are We So Different? on display at the Missouri History Museum, January 16, 2010 – April 4, 2010.

Photo Credit: © American Anthropological Association

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.
Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Perspectives on Science & History Series Co-sponsored by:


Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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