The Research Triangle Park


WRAL 3D Theater | 11 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601 United States Aug 31 7:00 pm - Aug 31 8:30 pm

Forty years after Margaret Mead (anthropologist) and James Baldwin (author) met to have a “Rap on Race,” we bring their conversation into the 21st Century. Guest speakers will reflect on what the future holds for public education and race, the role of race in medicine, the potential dangers of using biology to explain the behaviors of certain racialized groups, and where do we go from here? Moderated by WRAL’s Greg Fishel. 


Dr. Yolanda Moses is past president of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), chair of AAA’s National Advisory Board on Race and Human Variation, and co-author of “Race: Are We So Different?” She is professor of anthropology and associate vice chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Jay S. Kaufman is professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Disparities Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University and adjunct professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. is associate dean for Research and Professor of Biological Sciences in the Joint School of Nano sciences and Nanoengineering, a collaboration between North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro.

This Town Hall is held in conjunction with the Museum’s current featured exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?” which runs through October 22. This program is part of a series at the Museum ― The Nature of Science: A Town Hall with Greg Fishel ― inspired by Albert Einstein’s view that “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” The series is designed to provide in-depth discussions with leaders from around the globe as they explore the major scientific and environmental issues of our time. Comments and questions from the audience are encouraged. The free event takes place at the Museum on Thursday, August 31, 7 p.m.

Doors to the WRAL 3D Theater open at 6:30 p.m. All guests are invited to attend a coffee and dessert reception following the program from 8:30 to 9 p.m. in the Museum’s Natural Treasures Gallery. This program is made possible by the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Capitol Broadcasting Company.

This program is part of the speaker series for our featured exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?,” April 22-October 22, 2017.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Mon.– Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at Emlyn Koster, PhD, Museum Director.