Library is hosting a book club session on October 18. Come discuss the book before Dr. Fairbanks visits our campus on October 27. A light lunch will be served for those who RSVP. An interesting book discussion will be led by moderator for this event, Dr. David Allard.
“Few are aware that the best ammunition against racism comes from modern evolutionary biology and genetics, and this gap in the public understanding of science needs to be closed. Daniel J. Fairbanks’s small but complete book provides clear explanations of the science behind human variation. I hope it is widely read.”
—Eugenie C. Scott, chair of the Advisory Council, National Center for Science Education; author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction
“In a masterful synthesis of biological, anthropological, and evolutionary evidence, this book presents one of the most eloquent, insightful, and compelling arguments against the existence of biological ‘race.’ Fairbanks demonstrates that modern notions which seek to justify race and racism aren’t just flawed—they’re scientifically baseless. This book uncovers the true richness of human variation and the unfolding of the human story over the last 150,000 years. In a world that today seems to be slipping toward greater divisiveness and conflict, Everyone Is African unites us in our common ancestry and shared history, providing ways to grapple with the social inventions of race that challenge our society to its core. This book should be required reading . . . for everyone.”
—Haagen D. Klaus, assistant professor of anthropology, George Mason University
“This is an important book that brings forward an argument that is as clear and cogent as it is timely. Fairbanks reminds us that Homo sapiens is a single species whose populations’ shared biological histories provide a unifying context for our varied and disparate social narratives. Stressing the differences among us is not only divisive, it’s scientifically unjustified.”
—Stephen M. Rich, professor of microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Praise for prior books by Daniel J. Fairbanks:
"With so many books on evolution available, this one will definitely give readers a wonderful alternative, one that is easy to read and will be welcome by those both familiar with recent theories and arguments and those new to the area."
--NSTA Recommends (reviewing Evolving)
"One of the most insightful, easy-to-read, popular books on evolution. Highly recommended."
--Choice (reviewing Relics of Eden)
Daniel J. Fairbanks is the dean of the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University and a distinguished university professor, research geneticist, artist, and author. As a geneticist, his expertise is in evolutionary genetics, international scientific development, science education, and the history of science. He is the author of Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters; Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA; and the coauthor (with A. Franklin, A. W. F. Edwards, D. L. Hartl, and T. Seidenfeld) of Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy, and (with W. R. Andersen) of Genetics: The Continuity of Life, in addition to numerous journal articles.
Fulbright Professor Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil, 1991. As a Fulbright Fellow taught an advanced undergraduate/graduate-level course in genetics and biotechnology (in Portuguese); modernized molecular biology laboratories; conducted research in collaboration with the university, the Paraná Agricultural Research Institute (IAPAR), and the EMBRAPA National Soybean Research Center (CNPq-SOJA); delivered the keynote address (in Portuguese) for the 1991 Brazilian Society of Genetics Annual Conference.