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UNI Museums to explore reality of race

January 30, 2012
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Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, 319-273-2188, jori.wade-booth@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Museums will be among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States. The exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" will be on display, Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, June 9. An opening reception, featuring a discussion with Dwight Watson, dean of UNI's College of Education, will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history and everyday impact of race.  The exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

"We're proud to present innovative, cutting-edge exhibits," said Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator at UNI Museums. "Our visitors know we are a place for hands-on learning that appeals to all ages. 'RACE' gives us an opportunity to step up and be a leader in the museum community when it comes to helping visitors explore race and racism and tackle an issue that's important to our community and our country."

"RACE is a powerful exhibit experience," adds Robert Garfinkle, program director for special projects at the Science Museum of Minnesota. "We hope its content will challenge our community to increase the quantity and quality of their conversations about race and racism and the experiences they've had in their lives."Census T-shirts from Museum exhibit

The RACE exhibit is part of a larger public education project from American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The project is intended to inform and shape the national dialogue about race.  In addition to the exhibit, the initiative includes a website, www.understandingrace.org, educational materials and conferences designed to share research and information with the public.  

The exhibit is locally funded in part by the City of Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The University Museum is located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls. It is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wade-Booth at 319-2732188 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu. For a complete listing of programs and events, visit www.uni.edu/museum