Race and Biology: Why do people look different and what does it all mean?

April 21, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall

Dr. Hannah Marsh, biological anthropologist and adjunct professor at the University of Central Missouri, will present “Race and Biology: Why Do People Look Different and What Does It All Mean?” on April 21 at 7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room located in Basile Hall. Her lecture is a part of Mount Mercy University’s Connections Speaker Series.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hannah Marsh, a biological anthropologist and adjunct professor at the University of Central Missouri, will be speaking as part of the Connections Speaker Series. In America, “race” is used to unfairly judge the value of people, and because of this practice, we shy away from discussing race to avoid supporting these racist ideas. However, by looking at race through the lens of biology — the variation in body shape nose size, and skin color — we uncover stories of travel and survival from every corner of the world. Our physical differences do not tell us about an individual’s worth,but about the mutual past that we have all shared. Let’s talk about our differences to see that we are all really the same.

Connections is a consortium of natural science departments from Mount Mercy University, Cornell College, Coe College, Kirkwood Community College, Kennedy High School, and Washington High School plus a number of natural resource and environmental groups from Linn County. Dr. Marsh is also sponsored by the Provost’s office, the Honors Program, and the Science Club of Mount Mercy University along with the Linn County United Nations Association. Connections brings notable natural science speakers to the area twice a year to give public lectures at a host college and also spend a day with high school students.

In keeping with our educational mission, Mount Mercy welcomes guests with varied perspectives.


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