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I SEE U, Episode 45: A Higher Power To The People

A top Rice anthropologist is charting a new course for Black Women’s studies in science and technology through a convergence of African diaspora culture with a term the public had better start getting used to—Afrofuturism

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Dr. Victoria Massie is a professor of anthropology at Rice University. This fall, she's introducing students to a new course that explores concepts and theories related to Black women's lived experiences and how those narratives help shape discussions around race and gender. Interestingly enough, Dr. Massie's late grandfather, Dr. Samuel Massie, was a renowned chemist who worked as a technician on The Manhattan Project during World War II. He was also the first African-American professor at the United States Naval Academy in 1966. Did his work on one of the most highly classified secured programs in U.S. history help influence her thoughts and perspective as an anthropologist? And is she still grappling with her grandfather's legacy of having developed atomic weapons of mass destruction? I SEE U host Eddie Robinson speaks unguarded with scientist/writer, Dr. Victoria Massie about her new course at Rice and how these studies will help transform our future and inspire a new way of thinking.

 

This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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