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Swapping Faces Brings New Perspective on Race and Identity

As part of an ongoing effort to increase dialogue around issues of race and identity, Susquehanna brought the interactive Race Experience Kiosk to campus this spring. The kiosk encourages users to reflect on the factors in our society that perpetuate racism and discrimination by enabling them to literally see themselves in a different skin. The hope is that users will realize that there is only one race—the human race.

The museum-quality exhibit uses a face-detection and morphing algorithm to change one's face on a video screen to black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Indian. Students, faculty and staff could then share their favorite pictures via email.

The Race Experience Kiosk has been used by more than 300 colleges, universities, corporations, museums and government agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Watch students react to seeing themselves in a new skin.



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