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#018--September 29, 1999
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

Do biological races exist? Unique photo essay exhibit disputes that idea

The San Francisco public educational community brings exhibit to S.F.

Note to editors: A special press preview of the exhibit will be held on Thursday October 7 from 4-6 p.m. in the library of City College of S. F., 50 Phelan Ave. The exhibit's curator--- Marshall Segall of Syracuse University--- will be available for interviews. For details, call (415) 338-3459.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA., September 29, 1999—A thought-provoking photo essay exhibit that challenges the theory of race as a biological barrier--- and as a justification for racism --- is coming to San Francisco Oct. 8 – Nov. 17 at City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

In a collaboration between San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District, the exhibit titled "All of Us Are Related, Each of Us is Unique" consists of 18 colorful panels, blending photographs, graphic designs and text and a 27-minute video called "Six Billion Races."

The exhibit attempts to show through scientific analysis that race has no foundation in human genetics. Skin color, for example, while genetically transmitted cannot be attributed to race. Differences among people reflect the history of population movements over the last 100,000 years, the exhibit explains. Humans constitute one single species, Homosapiens, all capable of interbreeding and all descendents of the same ancestors. The exhibit reveals that human beings --- all six billion of us --- are all related.

Prof. Emeritus Marshall H. Segall of Syracuse University, who will travel to San Francisco for the exhibit’s opening on Oct. 8, helped translate the exhibit from French to English and brought it to the U.S. Anthropologists at the University of Geneva created the original exhibit, which first appeared at the Musee de l’Homme in Paris in 1992.

The exhibit will be on display at City College’s Louise and Claude Rosenberg Jr. Library and Learning Resource Center, 50 Phelan Ave. at Ocean Ave. in San Francisco. The free exhibit, open to the public, will be shown through Nov. 17. The exhibit’s hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The exhibit’s opening program will be hosted at City College on Oct. 8 from 1-3 p.m. in the Diego Rivera Theater on the City College campus. Guest speakers will include the exhibit’s curator, Marshall Segall, and Edgar Beckham of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

In conjunction with the exhibit, San Francisco State University will host a symposium on public education’s response to race and hatred on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in S.F. State’s Seven Hills Conference Center. In addition to local educators, featured speakers will include Tomas Almaguer, director of the Center for Research on Social Organization at the University of Michigan and Michael Omi, associate professor of Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Berkeley. Admission is free. For more information, call (415) 338-3459.


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