U.S. Census: Rationalizing Race | Loving Day

U.S. Census: Rationalizing Race

When and Where is the Event?

Date and Time: 
04/18/2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
Address Line 1: 
128 Pierrepont St
Address Line 2: 
Othmer LIbrary
Province/Region/State (if you are outside of the U.S.A.): 
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
New York
United States

Event Details

Hosted By: 
Brooklyn Historical Society
Ticket or RSVP Requirements: 
RSVP requested
(718) 222-4111 x233

What boxes do you mark on the U.S. Census form to describe your heritage?

Prior to the year 2000, multiracial people could only check one box in the Race category of the U.S. Census. Now, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, multiracial Americans are the fastest growing demographic group.

Join our discussion about the history of racial and ethnic categories and all there is to learn from the U.S. Census. Featuring Nicholas A. Jones, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Racial Statistics Branch, and sociologist Ann Morning, author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference; and including web artists Josh Begley, creator of Racebox.org, and Jonathan Soma, creator of A Handsome Atlas; moderated by Eric Hamako, doctoral candidate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This event is presented in collaboration with MAVIN: The Mixed Heritage Experience.


Thursday, April 18, 2013
7:00PM – 9:00PM

Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library
Free / RSVP required


This event is part of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a project of the Brooklyn Historical Society which builds upon BHS's oral history collections. Begun in 1973, the oral history collections contain interviews with more than 800 narrators and are available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy.