Racism Not Race

Racism Not Race: Answers to Frequently asked Questions


April 12, 2021

4:00-6:00 pm

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A public conversation on race with:

Dr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr.

Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University


Dr. Alan Goodman

Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College


Leading scientists on this topic and co-authors of

Racism Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

(Columbia University Press, 2021)


The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Zaneta Thayer,

Assistant Professor, Anthropology at Dartmouth College


This event is organized by Drs. Trica Keaton (AAAS), Craig Sutton (Mathematics & E.E. Just Program) and Zaneta Thayer (Anthropology).


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DR. JOSEPH L. GRAVES, JR., Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. In 1994 he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS.) In 2012, he was chosen as one of the "Sensational Sixty" commemorating 60 years of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award.  In 2017, he was listed as an "Outstanding Graduates" in Biology at Oberlin College; and was an "Innovator of the Year" in US Black Engineer Magazine.

His research in the evolutionary genomics of adaptation shapes our understanding of biological aging and bacterial responses to nanomaterials. His books on the biology of race are entitled: The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2005 and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, Dutton Press, 2005; with Alan Goodman, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Race: But Where Afraid to Ask, Columbia University Press, 2021.

He leads programs addressing underrepresentation of minorities in science. He aids underserved youth in Greensboro via the YMCA chess program.  He has also served on the Racial Reconciliation and Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.


DR. ALAN GOODMAN, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

Dr. Goodman teaches and writes on the health and nutritional consequences of political-economic processes including poverty, inequality and racism.  He received his BS and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and was a postdoctoral fellow in international nutrition at the National Institute of Nutrition, Mexico and a research fellow in stress physiology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.  He previously served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty and Dean of Natural Sciences at Hampshire and is a past President of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).  He co-directs the AAA's public education project on race (understandingrace.org).  Goodman has written over one hundred articles and is the editor or author of eight books including Building a New Biocultural Synthesis, Nutritional Anthropology, and Race: Are We So Different?.  His forthcoming books is Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (with Joseph Graves, 2021, Columbia). 


DR. ZANE THAYER is a biological anthropologist interested in understanding how  (biological mechanisms) and why (evolutionary origins) environmental experiences shape patterns of human biology and health. One important application of this interest is understanding how social inequalities create health inequalities. As such, her research has focused on evaluating how factors such as poverty, racism, and historical trauma affect health.