RACE Are We So Different?




March 29–October 27, 2014
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery


RACE: Are We So Different? is a groundbreaking exploration of the experience of living with race in America. The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.

Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE: Are We So Different? is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural, and historic points of view. These diverse perspectives merge into an unprecedented examination of race and racism in the United States.

A robust schedule of programming in support of RACE: Are We So Different? is planned throughout the run of the exhibition. For more information on programming or to inquire about collaborating with the museum, please contact Communications and Community Specialist Cecile Shellman at shellmanc@carnegiemuseums.org.

The exhibition was created with generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ford Foundation. RACE: Are We So Different? is presented locally by EQT Foundation. Additional local support provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation, The Sprout Fund, Giant Eagle, and Dominion Foundation.


Workshop: How to Reach a Sneetch presented by James Clarke of The Why? Movement
2–4 p.m.
Ford-Mateer Classroom
Members: Free; Non-members: $15
Admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History and RACE: Are We So Different? is included with registration.
James Clarke, CEO of The Why? Movement, leads a seminar-style discussion on psychology- and sociology-inspired “dos” and “don’ts” for communicating with people who seem to hold ignorant or prejudicial views on race. Using Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches as a critical lens for examining these concepts, Clarke teaches practical communication strategies and social tips for continuing the conversation.

For more information or to register, please call 412.622.3288. The last day to register is September 25.

Note: This program is recommended for participants 18 and older. Registration for this event is entirely non-refundable; no partial refunds are available. Parking is not included with registration.



Michele Norris
Lecture: Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race
Michele Norris

7 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall
Tickets $10-$25; click here to purchase tickets.
Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election, and explores her own family’s racial legacy. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program. Her research, writing, and programs about race and racism are world-renowned.

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion. Seating is limited, and admission is by ticket only.



Family-focused Event: Genealogy Day
Noon—4 p.m.
Earth TheaterFree with museum admission
Enjoy lectures, demonstrations, and activities that explore ways to research and record your family history. Learn about valuable resources to get you started or to continue your work more efficiently online and in person. Meet genealogy specialists and find out how this topic is related to RACE: Are We So Different?

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