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The Visual Cultures of Race and Science Symposium

The Visual Cultures of Race and Science is a special two-day event sponsored by the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, and the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History.

February 6th: 2 p.m. CST via Zoom - Public Symposium with Q&A


February 7th: 4 p.m. CST virtually and in-person (hybrid) in the A&H Conference Room (JO 4.122) - Graduate Student Workshop


  • Anna Arabindan-Kesson
    Assistant Professor of African American and Black Diasporic Art
    Princeton University
  • Duana Fullwiley
    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Stanford University
  • Linda Kim
    Associate Professor of Art History
    Drexel University
  • Eben Kirksey
    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
  • Myrna Perez Sheldon
    Assistant Professor of Gender and American Religion
    Ohio University


The relationship between race and science is fraught with ambiguity, misunderstanding, and violence. It is a murkiness that has unfortunately been with us across the ages, from colonial hierarchies of skin color and skull type to 19th-century polygenetic theories of evolution to the 20th-century Tuskegee Syphilis Study and immortal cells of African American Henrietta Lacks to the potential of a new eugenics forming around the recently created CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing technology in the present. Challenges emerge from the basic need to communicate rarefied science in everyday language. Words are the inherently labile tools by which the very precise, stabile, and measurable practices of science are communicated. For example, "race" is a term used to identify profound differences between individuals. Yet, all humans are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup, so race is not even a scientific term. If language births such confusion, then art, imagery, and appearance propagate it. The speakers in this symposium or lecture series explore the many visual cultures – the art, performance, pictures, images, and art-and-image fabrication – of race and science.


Click here to register for the Public Symposium being held virtually on Sunday, February 6th.

Graduate students who wish to attend this workshop may do so either virtually or in person. Contact to register.

Sunday, February 6 at 2:00pm

More dates through February 7, 2022

A&H Conference Room, JO 4.122

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.