The Myths of Race

3:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013
4:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013
Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave, Room 101

Leading biological anthropologist Matt Cartmill, Professor and Chair, BU Arts & Sciences Anthropology, will present a lecture about the social construct of race.

Abstract: Races are supposed to be classificatory entities. As such, they should be defined either by descriptive features or by history — by properties unique to each race, or by ancestry unique to each race. Neither approach works. No matter how we slice the classificatory pie, the "races" that Americans recognize are incoherent and biologically meaningless. Although there is lots of systematic geographic variation in human genetics, classifying human individuals by race is a senseless, useless, and outmoded practice. It deserves to be abandoned.

This event is brought to you by the Department of Anthropology and BU Global Programs, as part of International Education Week, a university-wide celebration of BU's global engagement.