The function of skin-color variation in humans is biological and integral to the survival of our species. In America, skin-color variation has become integral to the formation of one’s identity as well. This talk will take an anthropological approach to explore aspects of each in an attempt to create an entirely different conversation regarding the subject of human skin and its social implications. This presentation is designed to be interactive and introspective. I encourage the audience to think about their own place in a social context as well as to bring a greater understanding of how others place themselves using some of the latest scientific information.
Joan Hoscher is coordinator for the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity (CHOCD) outreach program.