RACE: Are We So Different?

May 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

RACE logoThe “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit arrived in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26, 2013. Mayo Clinic in Florida played a large role in bringing the exhibit to Jacksonville, Florida. You may remember that it was also on view in Rochester, Minnesota in 2010 (https://liblog.mayo.edu/2010/08/05/race-are-we-so-different/).

Although the official count is not in yet, many Mayo employees have visited this FACERACE with Mayopowerful and thought-provoking exhibit. Employees were encouraged to take advantage of the special discussions led by trained facilitators after they explored the exhibit. While the RACE exhibit was located about 17 miles away at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), there were many activities and events located right on the Mayo campus. One of the highlights was a complementary exhibit called “FACERACE with Mayo”.  The exhibit featured 18 Mayo Clinic employees who agreed to submit DNA samples to have the global origins of their DNA mapped. Each participant’s name and photo, handwritten description of themselves, their racial categorization in the U.S. Census and the global origins DNA results were included in the exhibit.

There were also three Grand Rounds lectures at Mayo Clinic held to promote the RACE Race Exhibitexhibit and stimulate conversation about the issues raised by the exhibit. The three Grand Rounds lectures were presented by: Dr. Mary O’Connor, the chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida; Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins, an author, speaker and educator at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California; and Dr. Thomas C. Spelsberg, a consultant in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Humanities in Medicine section also orchestrated a number of events, including three concerts and a portrait exhibit called “About Face: Turning to New Ideas of Identity”.

Race - Dr. Henry L. Gates JrFinally, but certainly not least, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gave a very interesting lecture based on the “Finding Your Roots” series he hosts on PBS. He spoke about his passion to find out more about his ancestors and tracing his genealogy and how it inspired him to help others to do the same.

The RACE exhibit ran from January 26 until April 28, 2013 at the Museum of Science and History (http://www.themosh.org/Home.html) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tara Brigham, Librarian
Winn Dixie Foundation Medical Library

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