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Forensic anthropologist to speak Nov. 3 in Benton Hall

Leading forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow will speak on “Bones of Contention: Forensic Anthropology in the Investigation of Human Rights” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in 144 Benton Hall.

A pioneer in forensic law, biological anthropology and human rights, Snow began his career at the Civil Aeromedical Institute in 1961, where he studied airplane crash fatalities. Since then he has served as a consultant in more than 2,000 cases worldwide, including skeletal confirmations of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the men who fought in General Custer's “last stand” in 1876, King Tutankhamun and the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

He has worked extensively with Americas Watch and other human rights groups. In Argentina, he aided in the investigation of the thousands of men, women and children who had “disappeared” during the 1976-83 reign of terror conducted by that country's military dictatorship. This work, in 1984, was the first to utilize forensic science methodology in the investigation of human rights abuses.

Snow and his teams have worked in more than two dozen countries, most recently in the former Yugoslavia at one of the largest forensic excavations dealing with war crimes.

His talk is part of the Center for American and World Cultures Speaker Series, “Homeless in the World: A Global Crisis,” and part of the UniDiversity program. It is co-sponsored by the department of anthropology.

Date Published: 10/21/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 12

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