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RACE: Are we so different? October 6, 2012 through January 27, 2013


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Are We So Different?

It is a simple fact: we all look different from one another. But how different are we?

Current science challenges the idea that we are in fact different, and even questions the very concept of race. Many of us were taught in school that there were a certain number of races. Science now shows that racial groups are a scientifically inaccurate way of grouping humans. It's not about categories, but rather about migration, genes and adaptation. The story of race is complex and may challenge how we think about race and human variation, as well as the differences and similarities among people.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is proud to host RACE: Are We So Different?, the first hands-on exhibit to confront the science, history and lived experience of race in the United States. Exhibit components examine misconceptions about race and human variation, the history of the idea of race, the experience of race in the U.S., and the relation of race to health, wealth and education. RACE also includes a resource area and conversation space for visitors to talk and engage.

Learn more about the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, find out about our special programs and events and get to know our community partners and Advisory Committee. Have questions? Visit our FAQ page or call 1.877.324.6386.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS



Cafe Scientifque:
Scientific Construction of Race

When: January 10, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

This evening's presentation will focus on The Anthropological & the Biological Construction of Race with Mike Lange, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Champlain College and John Burke, Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont.
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Saturday Community Conversation Series:
Race & Identity in Vermont
$2 Admission
When: January 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This daylong event will focus on Burlington's changing community, including a conversation about the relationship between changes in Burlington’s demographics and the community’s neighborhoods, urban planning, social services, and business infrastructure.
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PRE-SCHOOL STORY HOUR:
Let’s Talk About Race
When: Every Friday, 11 a.m.

ECHO is proud to join forces with Reading to End Racism, an all-volunteer community-based initiative supporting children and families across Vermont and the United States to develop awareness and skills for countering racism and building connections among people of diverse backgrounds. Preschoolers and their adult caregivers are welcome to join our weekly story hour to learn to talk about race!


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