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Family Class: Skin We Are In

Speaker(s): Nina Jablonski

Houston, TX

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Free with admission to the Houston Museum of Natural Science


Illustrations by Lynne Fellman

When we meet someone, one of the things we notice is the color of their skin. But what can someone’s skin color tell us about them? Despite what some people say, your skin color means very little! Inside we’re all the same.

Join anthropologist Nina Jablonski for an exploration of the science behind skin color. Jablonski will discuss the history of skin and its meaning. She will also read from her new book  Skin We Are In.

More about Skin We Are In

Skin We Are In is the story of Njabulo, Aisha, Tim, Chris and Roshni, five friends who explore why humans have different skin and how people’s thinking about skin color has changed throughout history. The conversation topics of the children’s adventure are expanded and supported by scientific facts and research set amidst beautiful and vivid illustrations.

Skin We Are In is a collaboration between anthropologist Nina G. Jablonski, South African author Sindiwe Magona, and illustrator Lynn Fellman.

Copies of Skin We Are In will be available for purchase at the event.

The book is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 14.

This event is produced in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Sponsored by:
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Ann and Gordon Getty
Camilla and George Smith


September 29, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free with admission to the Houston Museum of Natural Science
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Houston, TX 77030 United States
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Nina Jablonski

Nina G. Jablonski is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a biological anthropologist and paleoanthropologist who studies adaptations of primates to the environment. Her research focuses on the study of primate evolution and mammalian paleoecology. She has conducted research on Old World monkeys in China and Africa. Her work addresses questions not easily answered by the fossil record, such as the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation. Jablonski is the author of numerous scholarly papers and books. Her most recent book is Skin We Are In, a children’s book on the evolution and meaning of skin color. This book was co-authored with South African writer Sindiwe Magona. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She received an honorary doctorate from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa for her contribution to the worldwide fight against racism. Jablonski is a Leakey Foundation grantee and has served on the Foundation’s Scientific Executive Committee since 2016.

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