More than 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the October 7 "Is Race Real?" panel discussion with IUP anthropology faculty members Abigail Adams, a medical anthropologist; Ben Ford, an archaeologist; and Andrea Palmiotto, a forensic anthropologist.

A recording of the discussion is available to watch. Please note you will be required to log in using your IUP username and password.

"We appreciate all of the students, staff, and faculty who made time to attend the panel," Ford said."The discussion was excellent, and, as is usually the case, I learned a lot from the discussion and chat."

The panel discussion was designed to disentangle the role of race in physical and cultural lives, understanding that anthropology studies the whole humanphysical and cultural, present and pastand provides a unique way to consider if race is real.

"Race is such a difficult concept that even its reality is debated," Ford said. "While scientists have shown that race is not detectable in our genes, race is very much present in the daily lives of millions of Americans. The culturally engrained practices of our society can result in health outcomes that make race not only culturally real, but physically real as well."

Elise Glenn, IUP's Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer, Title IX coordinator, and director of the Office of Social Equity/Title IX, introduced the event.