Lecture – Skin: Its Biology in Black and White‏

Posted on September 10, 2012


The 8th Standard Bank/PAST Keynote Lecture presented by Professor Nina Jablonski

Skin colour is a biological characteristic loaded with cultural meaning. The establishment of hierarchies of races based on preconceived notions of hierarchies of colour is a myth that has influenced the course of human history more adversely than any other. Understanding how skin colour evolved and came to have social importance is relevant to human health and wellbeing and the future of human societies.

Professor Nina Jablonski is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. In the last 15 years, she has been increasingly absorbed in studies of the evolution of human skin and skin colour. In 2010 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch for her research on the evolution and social ramifications of human skin pigmentation.

Venue: The Soweto Theatre, Jabulani Mall
Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 6.30pm
Entrance: Free

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