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A History of the Concept of Race

Image of multiple faces combinedThe first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race. How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world?

Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today.

Special Arrangements: projector.

Additional Costs: mileage (negotiable).

Available in correctional facilities.

Image courtesy of RACE: Are We So Different?, a project of the American Anthropological Association.

About the presenter

Image of William Edelglass William Edelglass - William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. See full biography.

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