Explorer Lecture: The Race Prism
The Race Prism: How History and Bad Science Shape Our Ideas About Family and Community
Speaker: Dr. Robin Nelson Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Santa Clara University
From TV ads for DNA tests that purport to connect us with long-lost ancestors, to national discourse about “real Americans,” notions of race and identity pervade many of our conversations. Our understanding of human difference stems from long-held and outdated ideas about race. By dismantling this model of the human family tree, divorced from history and the realities of human biological diversity, we also do the work of unpacking racism. Dr. Nelson will discuss this diversity and the historical and social roots of the race concept, revealing why the idea persists despite its scientific inaccuracy.