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The Bordeaux Academy of Sciences and the Great Race Contest of 1741by Andrew Curran
March 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
In August of 1739, Bordeaux Õs Royal Academy of Sciences publicized an essay contest in EuropeÕs best-known scientific journal. The subject was a riddle that had long perplexed Europeans: what is the cause of the Sub-Saharan AfricansÕ peculiar hair texture and dark skin? While this query theoretically limited itself to discussion of African physical features, what really preoccupied the Academy were three hidden questions: the first was who is black? The second follows the first: and why? The third was an even bigger concern, namely, what did being black signify? Professor Curran will explain both the genesis of this contest and the range of theories proposed to the Academy in 1741.
Tags: D&I, diversity, inclusion