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Ford Foundation Funds RACE Exhibit

Ford Foundation Awards $450,000 to RACE Project

Yolanda Moses co-chairs advisory board that will develop a smaller version of the original traveling museum exhibit.

(March 25, 2008)

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Yolanda Moses

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Ford Foundation has awarded a $450,000 grant to the American Anthropological Association’s “RACE: Are We So Different?” project, a traveling museum exhibit for which anthropology professor Yolanda Moses is a curator.

The new grant will fund the development of a smaller version of “RACE: Are We So Different?” for display in smaller venues, and a companion book. The Ford Foundation previously contributed $1 million to help create the $4 million exhibit.

The new Ford Foundation grant will enable development of an exhibit which can circulate to smaller museum spaces, civic buildings and universities.

Moses, who was president of the American Anthropological Association when discussions about the RACE project began in the late 1990s, will co-chair the smaller exhibit’s advisory group and serve as co-editor of the companion book.

“America is ready to have a substantive conversation about race, as witnessed by the dialog around Barack Obama’s recent speech on race,” said Moses, who also is associate vice chancellor for diversity and excellence and vice provost, conflict resolution. “This project will provide educational information on this most important topic to more Americans than ever.”

The original RACE project, a 5,000-square-foot exhibit, opened at the Science Museum of Minnesota in January 2007. Since then, more than one million people have explored the exhibit and related Web site. The interactive exhibit, which is booked at museums around the country through 2012, addresses race and racism from the viewpoints of science, history and lived experience.

Moses also has been named to the editorial board of the new journal Sustainability: The Journal of Record, which aims to be the conduit for universities, business communities, foundations, government agencies and environmental leaders to share information and foster collaboration.

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