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We Are (Not) All African

We Are (Not) All African

The aim of this virtual event is to examine scientific discourses of human origins that frame humanity  as a global African family, while recognizing historical, sociological, and economic discourses that position Africans as subhuman and inferior. If modern paleoanthropology positions humanity as an African collective at its root, why do we uphold a racialized global hierarchy based on skin color to justify the enslavement, colonization, lynching, oppression, and incarceration of African people by a non-African people?

The leaders of this discussion will be Dr. Fatimah Jackson of Howard University’s Department of Biology, and Dr. Michael Ralph of New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the School of Medicine. Topics of conversation will include: paleoanthropology in the light of Africentricity; homo religioso or humanity as intrinsically religious; phrenology; and popular DNA tests such as 23andMe and African Ancestry. We will examine whether or not wanton violence is what makes us human, and listen to Dr. Jackson reflect upon Payne Theological Seminary’s prominence within her family history.

Use THIS LINK to join the discussion on Tuesday, March 26 at 12pm EST: