Assembled Identity: Blog

  • Scientific Racism and Franz Boas

    Posted by
    Kristin M
    Friday
    9/30/2016

    “If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present. The existence of any pure race with special endowments is a myth, as is the belief that there are races whose members are foredoomed to eternal inferiority.” – Dr. Franz Boas

     

    Largely popular from the late 1800s to the end of World War II, "scientific racism" employed multiple disciplines including anthropology, craniometry, and anthropometry to support the classification of human populations into superior and inferior races. This form of pseudo-science deeply influenced South African apartheid, Nazi Germany racial policy, and segregation in America. Today, the term mostly describes research that's used to justify racist ideology. Boas is considered the founder of modern anthropology, and much of his work hinged upon disproving the idea that many of the physical features used to support scientific racism were actually more affected by environment. 

  • CULTUREMART 2016

    Posted by
    Kristin M
    Friday
    9/23/2016

    A look at our last workshop performance, taken during HERE's annual CULTUREMART Festival where HARP artists present 22 minutes of their new material and works in progress. CULTUREMART provides a platform for current and former Resident Artists to blur the boundaries between dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry, and visual art, melding these forms to support their adventurous visions. 

    CULTUREMART 2017 will run March 15-25, 2017. We'll be presenting our newest material on March 15th and 16th at 7pm, we can't wait for you to see it!

     

    Photos by Benjamin Heller

  • Huxley and Eugenics

    Posted by
    Kristin M
    Friday
    9/23/2016

    “Human beings are not equal in respect of desirable qualities. Some are strong, others weak; some long-lived, others short-lived; some of high, others of low intelligence; some kind and good, others cruel and selfish. It is of the greatest importance to preserve human variety: all attempts at reducing it, whether by attempting to obtain greater 'purity' within a so-called race or group, or by attempting to exterminate any of the broad racial groups which give our species its major variety, are scientifically incorrect and opposed to long-run human progress.” – Eugenicist Julian Huxley

     

    Dr. Huxley was a prominent British evolutionary biologist and eugenicist. He was a major player in bringing biological science to the public, founded the transhumanism movement, and greatly contributed to the acceptance of natural selection. He was also a prominent member of the British Eugenics Society, serving as President from 1959-1962.