Race: Are We So Different?

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell

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An unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States is the subject of an eye-opening exhibit open until May 25 at the Frost Museum of Science in one of Florida’s most diverse cities, Miami.

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 stories of race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view. It features interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and graphic displays.

Lectures, films, poetry and play readings are built around the exhibit at the museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 20, a former white supremacist, Angela King, discusses her journey in a talk organized by the Anti-Defamation League of Miami in the museum’s theatre and space gallery.

At 6 p.m. on March 5, a film screening of “Ali: Made in Miami,” which recounts one of the greatest fighters of all time and how he battled segregation in Miami while training for one of the most important fights in his career, will be shown in the museum’s theatre. Following the screening, the writer/producer team for the film, Gaspar Gonzalez and Alan Tomlinson, will lead a discussion.

Other interactive elements built into the exhibit include a University of Miami jazz professor’s lecture on race and jazz (March 19), a discussion about the history of race and poetry (April 10) and a reading by an award-winning, Miami-based playwright on his play about three families from different backgrounds, African-American, Jewish and Cuban (May14), among others.

More info: www.miamisci.org


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