Lecture08.0126a - Rabbit Proof Fence 7:00PM Thursday January 27 210 West Hall Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls Molly Gracie

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1 Rabbit Proof Fence 7:00PM Thursday, January 27 210 West Hal Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls Mol y, Gracie, Daisy (Evelyn Sampi, Laura Monaghan, Tianna Sansbury): in 1931 they were forcibly removed from their families at Jigalong WA and taken to a camp 1500 miles away at Moore River to be trained as domestic servants, al part of official Government policy. Mol y leads her younger sister and cousin on a daring escape and in a bid to find her way home, fol owing –on foot - the rabbit proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong. But WA’s Chief protector of Aborigines, A.O. Nevil e (Kenneth Branagh) does his [misguided] best to recapture them, with help from black tracker David Moodoo (David Gulpilil). 1 Lecture 08, 01/26/11 2 Race & Intelligence continued… From Samuel Morton’s skulls to the measuring of “intelligence” through IQ Lecture 08, 01/26/11 3 Traveling Categories: Katie (from class 2007) Found This in a School in Zambia Lecture 08, 01/26/11 4 Gould’s findings… Gould corrected for the lapses in Morton’s analysis -- gender, excluded skulls (except for stature since he didn’t have any figures) -- and found: (a) that the average difference between Blacks and Whites was vastly reduced (from 10 cubic inches to just 4) and (b) that the differences are not even statistically significant anyway. Lecture 08, 01/26/11 5 Questions Why look at Morton at all? It’s ancient history right? The history of underlying assumptions show continuities. Morton’s example tells us that even science is influenced by culture. It forces us to be critical. Lecture 08, 01/26/11 6 Questions Is this argument anti-science? Scientists expect their work to be re-tested and re-examined in light of new thinking, new ideas. Morton kept good notes; Stephen Jay Gould analyzed the same skulls using the same methods to reach new conclusions. Lecture 08, 01/26/11
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2 7 The Historical Trend Physical measures out of favor; a new phase of measuring content, something called innate intelligence, began in the 20th century. A movement from physical “thing” to intangible “content” Result: culture becomes an increasingly important part of arguments against race-based theories of difference culture of the test-maker culture in the test culture of the test-taker --> Culture: models of and models for reality Lecture 08, 01/26/11 8 The Development of IQ Testing… Alfred Binet
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Lecture08.0126a - Rabbit Proof Fence 7:00PM Thursday January 27 210 West Hall Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls Molly Gracie

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