RACE: A Public Education Project

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RaceL Are We So Different? bookPurchase the new book, Race: Are We So Different? by Alan H. Goodman, Yolanda T. Moses and Joseph L. Jones.

Illustrated in full color with images from the popular US national public education project and museum exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different? offers a primer on the complex science of human variation and the history and lived experiences of race and racism.

"This book brings together compelling evidence from many disciplines to show that ... the biology of race is a powerful myth. It is important, absorbing, educational, and masterful in its telling." - Daryl G. Smith

New and engaging essays by prominent social scientists and scientists provide examples from their personal experiences and individual research projects, revealing the different ways that the idea and realities of race and racism are experienced.

Read the latest press release - New Book Sythesizes And Reorients Ideas About Race (PDF)

RACE ProjectRace is a small but powerful word. Race shapes how one sees and is seen by others. Yet, many people poorly understand what race is and isn't.

To help promote a broad understanding of race and human variation, the American Anthropological Association has undertaken the RACE Project. The RACE Project has produced to date an award-winning public education program entitled RACE Are We So Different? The program includes a traveling museum exhibit, an interactive website, and educational materials. The program is geared for middle school-aged children through adults.

RACE Are We So Different? looks at race in the United States through the eyes of history, science and lived experience. The program explains how human variation differs from race, when and why the idea of race was invented, and how race and racism affects everyday life. The program conveys three overall messages:

  • Race is a recent human invention
  • Race is about culture, not biology
  • Race and racism are embedded in institutions and everyday life.

The Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation have provided generous funding to develop and produce RACE: Are We So Different?

An Interactive Website and Exhibit

Did you know over one million visitors have seen the RACE website and exhibit? Discover the project everyone is talking about.

Check the exhibit tour schedule to find out when RACE is coming to a city near you. Can't wait? Take a virtual tour.

To visit the RACE website, go to

View a clip from the RACE DVD.

A Project of American Anthropological Association

RACE Resources & Links
RACE Project Website: The award-winning, interactive website about race.

Race project merchandiseRACE Project Merchandise: Book, DVD/CD sets, t-shirts and package sets


Press Releases: News about the project from the AAA

RACE in the News: Media coverage of the RACE project

Virtual RACE Press Kit: Resources for Journalists

RACE Awards: Information about awards won by the RACE project, as printed in Anthropology News

Did You Know?
  • 4.5 Million - dollars in grant funding have helped support the RACE project
  • 1.5 Million* - people have visited the RACE Website & Exhibit
  • 5,000 - square feet of materials are on display in the RACE museum exhibit
  • 2011 - is the final year of the national exhibit tour
  • 14 - museums across the United States are scheduled to host the exhibit
  • 1 - public education project explores the science, history, and lived experience of race and racism in the United States

* visitor count last updated October 1, 2008