New Guide: Resources for Understanding Race
An extraordinary and interactive exhibit is coming to Rochester from May through September 2010. The exhibit will be at the Rochester Public Library and supported in part by Mayo Clinic. This exhibit addresses key questions about race such as:
Q: What is race?
Q: What race do you most identify with?
Q: Do we differ physiologically or genetically because of our race?
Q: How can we talk about race?
Q: What implications does race have for health care in our community?
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the RACE Exhibit to discover answers to these questions and others. The exhibit will offer visitors highly interactive venues for experiencing what race means for our generation and past generations, in the context of science, history and society.
While the exhibit will be available from May through September, our hope is — with your help — that its impact will become part of Mayo’s heritage. Various diversity groups on campus are already planning on continuing the spirit of the exhibit with interactive events this fall in the form of plays, lectures facilitated discussions and talking circles. The Libraries’ new “Resources for Understanding Race” website (http://library/home/resourcesforrace.html – Mayo only) has been developed in conjunction with the Education Task Force for Diversity, to provide scholarly and workforce resources for individuals and workgroups to better understand issues surrounding our social construction called Race.
Submitted by Dawn M. Littleton
Librarian and Supervisor, Public Services