You can now watch the entire film here.
This AAAS DoSER original short film, “Science as Mastery: A Story about Race and Power,” explores the intersection of the history of race, religion, and science as it relates to social structures and civil movements. Grounded in expert interviews, the film begins with the religious arguments surrounding the 16th-century slave trade and ends with the backlash to the Genome Project in the 21st-century, explaining how religious and scientific arguments of the past supported and shaped racist movements such as polygenism and eugenics. This challenging and moving short film opens the door for discussions of scientific racism of the past and present, the use of religion and science as social tools, the continuing impact of eugenics in society, and the challenges of societal progress in the face of these histories.
You’ll be able to watch the entire film online on March 22, 2023. Watch here.
Associate Professor of Gender and American Religion
Associate Professor of History
University of Alabama
Associate Professor of African American Studies and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles
Professor of Biological Sciences
AAAS Fellow: Section G: Biological Sciences
North Carolina A&T University
Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine
Director, Humanities in Medicine
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology
University of California, Low Angeles
Professor of Anthropology