The “Finding Your Roots” curriculum is a joint creation of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nina Jablonski and was developed by a team of more than 30 scientists and educators. By focusing on the question of “Who Am I?,” the curriculum inspires young people to investigate their own genetic and genealogical ancestry as a way of engaging them in science that is relevant and personally transformative. It was originally developed for middle-school aged learners in summer camp settings, but is suitable for after-school programs and can easily be modified to be served as modules in regular classrooms. The curriculum is supported by the nine-part webisode series, “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings,” which garnered three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in 2018 and 2019.
Nina G. Jablonski is Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology at Penn State. As a biological anthropologist, she studies the human and primate evolution. She has written more than 200 scholarly papers, two popular books, and one book for children. Jablonski received her A.B. in Biology at Bryn Mawr College in 1975 and her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington in 1981. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa for her contribution to the worldwide fight against racism.
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