“The talking circle was amazing. When we debriefed with students back in Seattle, they commented that the circle made the experience, it helped them process and understand the experience differently.”
- Kris Morrissey, PhD
Based on Native American traditions, Talking Circles are facilitated discussions in which all participants are invited to reflect on their experience about race in their lives and communities. Presented in partnership with Oregon Humanities, the RACE Talking Circles at OMSI are facilitated by Dr. Emily Drew, an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about race, ethnicity, and social change. Talking Circles provide a valuable, non-confrontational forum in which to explore and foster diversity and learn a valuable communication technique. RACE Talking Circles are offered Wednesdays at OMSI during the RACE exhibit with reservations made 2 weeks in advance, from September to December.
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What is DNA and why do we study it? Visitors will be able to learn how DNA extraction works by extracting DNA from strawberries with some common household materials.
This craft activity will allow you to create a bracelet to keep. Pick from different beads that represent some of the traits from the Genetic Traits demo to create your own unique pattern.
The Skinny on Skin and Hair
What is hair? How long do skin cells live? What are moles? Using a wireless handled microscope and an iPad, visitors will be able to study their skin or hair and that of others. Using iPad applications they will learn more about how skin works, how hair grows and why they can vary so much between individuals.
Continuum of Color
What is hair? How long do skin cells live? What are moles? Visitors will be able to explore the range of human skin color variation and why we have it. Why does skin color matter? Why is there so much variation? Visitors can explore a little behind the biological advantages of varied skin tones and the cultural meanings of skin color.
Visitors will learn more about some easily observable Mendelian traits like tongue rolling and dimples and why one family member might have that trait and another may not! A simple exploration of dominant and recessive genes and what genotype and phenotype mean.