The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States with the new exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? running now through Jan. 25.
Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, this is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view.
Today, scientists are beginning to challenge "racial" differences, and even question the very concept of race. The exhibit presents the reality—and unreality—of race using interactive components, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays to offer visitors an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.
"The idea of 'race' has been used historically to justify mistreatment of people and even genocide," said Susan Abrams, CEO at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. "The promotion of human rights is a vital part of the mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and so, we are thrilled to host RACE, an exhibition that challenges visitors of all ages and backgrounds to discover how race operates in their lives."
Amplifying this exhibition is a calendar of more than two-dozen public programs-Scholar Series, discussions, performances-to engage the public in examining race through various lenses.
To learn more, visit www.il
holocaustmuseum.org/events or call (847) 967-4800.
RACE: Are We So Different? is funded by Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. The exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Allstate Insurance Company and Co-Sponsor Walgreens. Additional support is being provided by Participating Sponsor Northwestern University, Bank of America, BMO Harris Bank, Evanston Community Foundation and Loyola University Chicago. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.