In August 1999, the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (VTPU) convened the international conference Culture, Race and Community: Making it Work in the New Millennium . Central to the conference, we mounted a thought-provoking exhibition comprising eighteen vibrantly coloured panels consisting of photographs, graphics and stimulating text exploring the biological, statistical and social concepts of 'race'.
Professor Emeritus Marshall Segall, of Syracuse University, New York, who was instrumental in both translating the original French version and disseminating the English version throughout the world, introduced the exhibition at the conference with his keynote address Race and Difference: Myths and Facts . To make the exhibition available throughout Australia, the VTPU in partnership with Victoria University (City Campus) acquired Australia's first copy.
The exhibition pays homage to the physical diversity of the six billion human beings throughout the world, while making clear that this diversity, both visible (e.g. skin colour and facial features) and non-visible (e.g. blood types, the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system), cannot be attribute to 'race', despite being genetically transmitted. In fact, the exhibition demonstrates statistically that all humans are related to each other many times over.
The content of All of us are related, each of us is unique! shows us that 'race' itself has no scientific foundation in human genetics and therefore brings a previously ignored scientific perspective to the current dialogue on 'race', which is in fact an all-pervasive social construct.
The exhibition received a very positive response from participants at the conference, and we are keen for as many people as possible to have the chance of seeing this international exhibition. For this reason, this valuable resource is now available for borrowing, for periods of up to three weeks for a small administration charge. It is appropriate to show in universities, schools, colleges, hospitals, libraries, museums, shopping malls, government and private organisations – in fact anywhere where people from different cultures interact with each other as part of the multicultural life of the nation.
For details of each
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The Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit and Victoria University (City Campus) coordinate the storage and loan of this exhibition. Information about borrowing the exhibition, including available exhibition dates, transporting arrangements and conditions of loan may be obtained from:
Ms. Diane Gabb
Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit
Level 2, Bolte Wing
St. Vincent's Hospital
Phone: (03) 9411-0309