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The world premiere RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit is showing Science Museum visitors that race has an impact on our lives each day, often in ways that are hidden or undetected by popular media.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Science Museum is drawing upon local, regional, and national perspectives and inviting visitors to explore an in-depth understanding of race and its impact on our society during a speakers’ forum this spring.

Each forum includes live entertainment, a featured speaker, time for reaction from a panel of respondents, and questions from the audience.

Thursday, March 29
Race and Immigration

Hosted by Arlene Torres, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Respondents are

  • Kazoua Kong-Thao, Vice Chair of St. Paul Board of Education,
  • and Sandra Vargas, Hennepin County Administrator.

Admission to the RACE Forums is $12 per person ($8 for members, seniors, and students and $4 for individuals with limited incomes) and includes admission to the RACE exhibit.

Forums take place in the 3D Cinema. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please help spread the word! To make reservations, call (651) 221-9444.


U.S. population, 300 million: from Wikimedia
U.S. population, 300 million: from Wikimedia
As I entered college in the fall of 1967, the population of the United States reached 200 million. Now, 40 years later, it will hit 300 million (about Oct. 15).
Our population is effected by deaths, births, and migration. Here are the current rates for each:

  • One birth every.................................. 7 seconds
  • One death every.................................. 13 seconds
  • One international migrant (net) every............ 31 seconds
  • Net gain of one person every..................... 11 seconds

The U.S. Bureau of the Census has a website projecting the current resident population of the United States (click link for today's number). At 300 million, the United States is the world's third most populous nation, though it remains far behind the growing economic superpowers of China (1.31 billion) and India (1.09 billion).

Minority children become a majority

Now, according to the Population Reference Bureau, almost half of all children under age 5 are members of a racial or ethnic minority.

Other changes since 1970

  • The suburbs share of the population grew from 38 percent to 50 percent (share of population living in central cities stagnated at around 30 percent).
  • The population in the South and West grew from 38 percent to 48 percent of the nations total.
  • Persons living alone rose from 18 percent to 26 percent. Households with five or more people almost halved, from 20 percent to 11 percent.
  • Women in the workforce grew from 43 percent to 59 percent.
  • Persons over 24 with high school diplomas soared from 55 percent to 85 percent.

Source: Population Reference Bureau, and RedOrbit