Changing faces: Machine allows students to explore cultures

By Lee Haggin

This year’s Cultural Diversity Festival will feature a revolutionary, face-changing machine.

The device, called the Human Race Machine, will be in classroom 106 in the Student Center on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To run the machine, a user sits down and the machine takes a picture. The user can then see his or her own face as a different race. Races represented are Asian, White, African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Indian.

“It’s an interesting perspective that you don’t normally get to stop and think about — it’s a reality check,” director of student involvement Rhonda Strouse said.

Karen Slaymaker, assistant director of International Student Services, said the machine is a great way to ask oneself, “What would my life be like if I wasn’t the race I am?”

The machine is making an appearance at four schools in Kentucky, including Transylvania University, Georgetown College and Asbury College.