Re: [SACC-L] Teaching About: Race
- Thanks, Dianne.
>>> Dianne.Chidester@... 12/01/03 03:05PM >>>I just picked up my Nov/Dec edition of "American Scientist" and it has
an article in it by Pat Shipman. The title of the article is "We Are
All Africans." The article can be found on-line at
Shipman is an adjunct prof at Penn State. Maybe we could ask her to
participate in our "teaching about" series or 5-fields.
She also wrote: The Evolution of Racism: Human Differences and the Use
and Abuse of Science
Here's a review:
From Publishers Weekly
Shipman, coauthor of The Neanderthals , has written an accessible
history of the attempts of scientists, from the mid-19th century to the
present, to grapple with issues of race. From Charles Darwin's
wide-ranging explorations of evolution emerged fellow Briton's Thomas
Henry Huxley's applications to human history. By the late 19th century,
Herbert Spencer seized on Darwinism to argue for laissez-faire
government. Darwin's cousin, Francis Galton, proposed the idea of
eugenics: advancing the species through careful breeding. From eugenics
came intelligence testing, used in the early 20th century to the
detriment of immigrants to America and eventually by Nazi science.
Shipman tracks the continuing controversy in the 1950s and 1960s about
whether to examine or deny racial difference and discusses at much
length a proposed but canceled 1992 conference on genetics and crime.
This thoughtful study warns that treating race as a taboo subject
hinders legitimate scientific investigation of differences among humans.
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Dianne Lynn Chidester, M.A., Assistant Professor
Jefferson Community College, SW
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