The Missing Pages - Season 1 Release
The goal of this project is to highlight science from around the world that disrupts the idea of Eurocentric/Western science. From a historical perspective, experts from academia and communities that are underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will emphasize that our understanding of science (in a western context) has been shaped by people from outside Europe.
Who Isn't in your Science Textbook?
Through collaboration and consultation with historians, community members and equity experts, a series of five educational videos have been produced. The first episode will be released to the public as part of Science Rendezvous, opens in new window. The video topics include:
- Communicating Science: The Science of Paper Making & Science Communication | May 8
- Mathematics: The History of Mathematics from South Asia and the Middle East | May 20
- Food Systems: Food Security and Sovereignty in Indigenous and Black Communities | May 27
- Medical Science: The History of Medical Innovations & Theories | June 3
- The Science of Racism: The Response and Legacy of the Eugenics Movement | June 10
How do scientists reconcile science's past? How can educators feel empowered to have important and necessary conversations about racism with science students?
One small piece to this puzzle can be realized by re-examining the history of science, math and medicine to celebrate the diverse individuals and communities who have contributed to understanding the world. This project aims to move past the concept of diverse representation to question who is included and who is excluded from science textbooks, and why.
Through this process the idea that Western Science is the only worldview that provides clarity and understanding of the complexities of this world is challenged. Sharing the importance and impact of social science, equity and traditional knowledge can provide a more inclusive understanding of science. Together, this work can provide a framework for students to discuss the realities of racism within STEM.
We look forward to sharing The Missing Pages with you and welcome your feedback!