Monday, January 30, 2006

Forensic Anthropology in the Service of Human Rights, Talk February 8

Chestertown, MD, January 30, 2006 — Washington College's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present "Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights in Peru," a lecture by Professor Elsa Tomasto, Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall of the Toll Science Center.

Tomasto teaches Andean archaeology and biological anthropology at the Pontifical University in Lima, Peru, with which Washington College maintains a study-abroad exchange program.

A specialist in the analysis of human bone remains, Tomasto has performed valuable forensic work for Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, examining the remains from clandestine burials sites in the district of Lucanamarca where members of the Maoist guerilla group Shining Path massacred 62 local villagers in 1983.

The event is free and open to the public.

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