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GRID sponsors exhibits, invites speakers, and implements programs to promote and inspire conversations in the community.

GRID co-sponsors RACE: Are We So Different? at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

How do the biological and social definitions of race intersect? What do we understand about the genetic differences among the groups we call races? Will emerging knowledge about human genetic variation challenge our assumptions about the concept of race? These are all questions that the Duke University Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) seeks to answer.

By hosting “RACE,” and with the support of the GRID Center, the Museum will seek to further its mission of illuminating the interdependence of nature and humanity by highlighting the various biological, social and anthropological realities and unrealities — of race.

Royal explains, “this intertwines with the mission of the GRID Center, which is to develop and apply practical tools and dynamic strategies to understand and address social, biological and ethical dimensions of race concepts in humans.”
From the North Carolina Naturalist Magazine, Winter 2017 Edition, Partner Spotlight. Written by Stephanie Cobert, Grants Coordinator.

What: Race: Are we so different?

Where: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

When: April 22 – October 22, 2017
Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Get your free tickets online or at the Museum here.

This exhibition looks at race through the lens of science, history, and personal experiences to promote a better understanding of human variation.

Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.

Be part of the Cultural Conversation!

GRID invites the public to participate in talking circles moderated by trained local facilitators. Using a roundtable format, the conversations enable participants to reflect on their exhibition experience in a safe and friendly space.

Cultural Conversations during the RACE exhibit are sponsored by GRID. They take place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, during the run of the RACE exhibition. They are free and open to the public. Make your reservation on the museum’s web site.

“Cultural Conversations creates an opportunity for personal and communal reflection and contemplation on the science, history and lived experience of race in this country.”
Charmaine D. Royal, GRID Director