How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Race Correction

Alexis Pedrick, Mariel Carr, Rigoberto Hernandez

Science History Institute

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 6:00 pm EDT

Online Event, Register Here.

The Science History Institute has teamed up with online learning platform Roundtable to offer you compelling courses from the history of science.
What is the truth behind the concept of race, an invention so pervasive many consider it fact?
Join the team behind the Science History Institute’s critically acclaimed Distillations podcast in separating fact from myth regarding what anthropological research can and cannot tell us about a culture. Your hosts will lead Institute scientists and scholars on an examination of the roots of racism in American science and medicine
The course is FREE, but registration is required.
Course Overview
Race is a tool of division as old as civilization itself, yet our understanding of race has changed enormously over time, with old preconceptions crumbling in the face of new research and a continued confrontation of the biases inherent in science at every level.
In this comprehensive five-session course, our experts will tackle the critical issue of prejudices in the sciences, highlighting instances in which racist science has damaged communities and fueled harmful misconceptions of race that haunt us to this day.
The course will feature the research of scholars and scientists who are committed to understanding the mechanisms of power and the scourge of inequity in the science and medical communities. We will also celebrate the contributions of those attempting to answer the critical question: How can a more accurate understanding of race lead us to a safer, healthier, and more inclusive world for everyone?
Upcoming Sessions

Session 5: Race Correction
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Learn about the historical and medical phenomenon known as race correction—calculations that take race into account through medical algorithms and instruments—and get to know the stories of the medical students and doctors who have advocated for a change to this outdated practice.

About the Experts
Alexis Pedrick
As director of digital engagement at the Science History Institute, Alexis Pedrick oversees our award-winning Distillations digital content platform, which includes building out a strategic vision for our magazine, podcasts, and social media storytelling. She is also cohost of the Distillations podcast and is well-known for her lively history talks and tours in Philadelphia. You can also see her telling more history stories on episodes of Mysteries of the Abandoned.
Mariel Carr
Mariel Carr is the manager of video and podcast production at the Science History Institute. She produces the Distillations podcast and videos. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied documentary film, and a bachelor’s degree in religion and Latin American studies from Vassar College. Mariel has previously worked as a video and radio producer at KALW radio in San Francisco and PBS’s Frontline and as a teaching artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rigoberto Hernandez
Rigoberto Hernandez is a video and podcast producer at the Science History Institute, mainly focused on production of the Institute’s Distillations podcast. He has more than a decade of experience as a reporter. He holds a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. He has previously worked for National Public Radio, The Oregonian, and the Orange County Register.
Innate: How Science Invented the Myth of Race
This programming is part of Innate, a magazine and podcast project that explores the historical roots and persistent legacies of racism in American science and medicine. Published through Distillations, the Science History Institute’s highly acclaimed digital content platform, the project examines the scientific origins of support for racist theories, practices, and policies.
About Roundtable
Roundtable by the 92nd Street Y, New York, is an online learning platform featuring live courses and Q&A sessions with some of the greatest minds of our time: world-renowned historians and scholars, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, political pundits, and acclaimed food and wine experts, among others. All courses include interactive opportunities with instructors.