January 19–April 28, 2013
Recommended for Grades 5—12
RMSC, with funding from Rochester Area Community Foundation, is working with the Rochester Initiative for Structural Equality (RISE) Coalition in Facing Race, Embracing Equity, an initiative to advance our community past some of the racial and ethnic lines that divide us.
Differences… they’re a cause for joy and sorrow. We celebrate differences in personal identity, family background, country and language. At the same time, differences among people have been the basis for discrimination and oppression.
Yet, are we so different?
FREE Optional Conversations on Race
About the Exhibit
Connecting NY State Common Core and Learning Standards
Public Experience of the exhibition.
Optional Facilitated "Conversations on Race" available for no additional charge. Request when booking.
To Schedule a Field Trip: Call (585)697-1942
About the Exhibit
The exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations.
The exhibition consists of three Thematic Areas:
Click Here for a Floor Map Showing the Three Thematic Areas
Click Here for a More Detailed Floor Map
The Science of
Human Variation/Challenging Misconceptions about Race
Current science tells us we share a common ancestry and the differences among people are not as great as they seem.
The History of the Idea of Race
Race emerged as a human creation in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Contemporary Experience of Race and Racism in the United States
Race is the least important aspect in determining character, yet it is often the most significant factor in how we are perceived.
Note: Some exhibition components may be challenging for some students. We recommend that you preview the exhibition to evaluate how best to prepare your students. Teachers may preview the RMSC for FREE* at any time to explore the learning opportunities available at RMSC. (*Up charges may apply for certain exhibitions.)
NY State Common Core and Learning Standards:
Educator's Guide (for Middle School and High School), includes:
Exhibit Overview, Tips for Connections with the Classroom, Additional Resources, and Field Trip Activity Pages
Materials Provided During the RACE: Embracing Equity Professional Development Workshops:
Exhibit Preview (the posters used in the workshop)
Ice Breaker Activity
Levels of Racism Activity and Exploring Levels of Racism Document
Race and Medicine Project
Quotes and Questions
Close Reading Protocol, Chris Widmaier, World of Inquiry
Teacher Lesson Planning 1 and Teacher Lesson Planning 2, Chris Widmaier
Teacher's Guides include lesson plans that explore:
1. Human Biological Variation
2. How Culture Shapes Race, and
3. Experiencing Race and Racism in Everyday Life
for Middle School
for High School
Click here for the RACE Exhibition website: Includes overview of exhibit, photos, and other resource suggestions.
Click here for RACE—The Power of Illusion video series and website
A Family Guide to Talking about Race
Click here for the Harvard University Project Implicit website with multiple racial/ethnic bias tests that can be used with students.