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23.06.2017 - ODG

Irina Bokova visits the exhibition “Us and Them – From Prejudice to Racism”

© UNESCO / C. AlixUNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, visits the exhibition “Us and Them – From Prejudice to Racism”

On 22 June 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, visited the temporary exhibition “Us and Them – From Prejudice to Racism” at the Musée de l’Homme, in Paris. Accompanied by William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, lead city of the U.S. Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination, the Director-General was welcomed by Pierre Dubreuil, Chief Operating Officer of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNDN), André Delpuech, Director of the Musée de l’Homme, and Evelyne Heyer, Professor of the MNHN and Curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition, under the patronage of UNESCO, offers an original immersive scenography that aims to provide a scientific insight on racist behavior and prejudices. Running until 8 January 2018, it also features UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR as a robust platform for combating racism and discrimination, and promoting inclusion and diversity in societies.

At the crossroads of anthropology, biology, sociology and history, the exhibition is backed by experts’ research undertaken in the fields of social and human sciences. It offers a journey that deciphers the reasons for racist and discriminatory behavior during certain moments of history. It also provides keys to understanding the personal reflection to deconstruct prejudices that oftentimes persist. The public is invited to understand the individual and collective mechanisms that lead to the rejection of “the others” and to raise awareness on modern-day discriminations.

Within the framework of the exhibition, panel discussions and workshops are being organized where representatives of ICCAR member cities are invited as speakers. The exhibition will be travelling to a number of cities, including in ICCAR member cities, in 2018.

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