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  • Anthropology 3640


    Professor Dean Saitta

    Monday and Wednesday 10:00-11:50

    Sturm Hall 154

    As current events and everyday lived experience of individuals confirms, race continues to be an open wound on the American body politic. This course examines the paleoanthropology of human biological differences; i.e., the differences commonly associated with racial identity and why/how those differences evolved.  Our focus is on the history of thinking about human biological/physical differences, with the ultimate goal of better understanding the nature and sources of racial differences between people. We will consider the uses to which particular conceptions of race have been put in Western culture.  Our examination of racial differences will proceed in light of evolutionary theory, the human fossil record, and cross-cultural anthropological knowledge.  Our aim is to examine myth and reality in popular and scientific understandings of race, and the social and political consequences of this knowledge.

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