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“Reading Human Bones” Subject of Pomona College Lecture Series

Addressing the explosion of interest in the field of forensics, the Pomona College Anthropology Distinguished Lecturer Series focuses on the theme "Diaries of the Dead: Reading Human Bones through Forensic Anthropology and Bioarcheology." Each of the lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

"Reconstructing Lifestyles: Bone Evidence for Health and Disease in the Past"
February 21, at 4:15 p.m.
Rose Tyson, curator at San Diego's Museum of Man, is interested in human evolution and how diseases affect the human skeleton, having conducted paleopathological studies on human remains from California, Peru and elsewhere in the world. She is also a part-time instructor at the University of San Diego.

“Forensic Anthropology: Reality vs TV”
March 7, at 4:15 p.m.
Dr. Judy Suchey, who has spent 35 years in the field, has consulted on numerous criminal cases and helped in the identification of disaster victims. During her career, she has developed many techniques widely used in forensic anthropology. She continues to consult on cases for the Los Angeles and Riverside County Coroner offices and is professor emeritus at Cal State Fullerton.

“Bioarcheological Ethics"
April 25, at 4:15 p.m.
Dr. Phillip Walker, president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, is currently working on a number of bioarcheological projects involving collections of human skeletal remains from various parts of the world including Africa, Central Asia and Europe. He is a professor at UC Santa Barbara and serves as a forensic consultant to several counties in California and Nevada.

All of the lectures will be held in the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. For more information, contact Jennifer Perry, assistant professor of anthropology at Pomona College, by phone (909) 607-9675 or e-mail

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.