TRAILER for “Science as Mastery: A Story about Race & Power”

Watch the trailer for DoSER's new short film documentary "Science as Mastery: A Story about Race & Power," premiering online on March 22, 2023. This film is part of DoSER's Humans & Race series.

You can now watch the entire film here.

TRAILER: "Science as Mastery: A Story About Race & Power"


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.

Featured Experts

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Myrna Perez Sheldon, PhD

Associate Professor of Gender and American Religion

Ohio University

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Erik L. Peterson, PhD

Associate Professor of History

University of Alabama

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Terence Keel, PhD

Associate Professor of African American Studies and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics

University of California, Los Angeles

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Joseph L. Graves Jr., PhD

Professor of Biological Sciences

AAAS Fellow: Section G: Biological Sciences

North Carolina A&T University

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Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine

Director, Humanities in Medicine

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Jada Benn Torres, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Vanderbilt University


Aaron Panofsky, PhD

Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology

University of California, Low Angeles

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Agustin Fuentes, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

Princeton University

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