This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Medieval Roots of Racism Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0092 Location: This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series. Select your Tickets Resize text Fortune-telling book illustration (detail), early 15th century Combatting racism and white supremacy are among the great challenges we face today. But to fight racism we must understand its origins, reminds medievalist Paul B. Sturtevant. Over the past two decades, historians have uncovered that our current ideas about race are rooted in the Europe of the Middle Ages. Over much of the period, prejudice and hate were centered around religious and economic class differences: There were many infamous examples of Christian violence against Jews, Muslims, and those considered to be heretics. Aristocrats often saw themselves as a breed above those they ruled. And as the Middle Ages gave way to the Early Modern era, Europeans found another way to separate people: by race. Join Sturtevant as he uncovers the thousand-year old lineage of a very modern problem. Along the way he explores the similarities and differences between medieval and modern attitudes to race, the stories and rhetoric that began to animate a new way of looking at one another, and the violence against minorities that followed suit. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.