Kent State Presents “Documenting Violence: Seeing the Disappeared”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

A skull is measured and marked by forensic anthropologist Selket Callejas in ossuary 2 at La Verbena Cemetery. (Photo credit: James Rodríguez)Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology, the Center for Applied Conflict Management, and the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence will present “Documenting Violence: Seeing the Disappeared” from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall on the Kent Campus. Research on violence in Guatemala, the former Yugoslavia and the U.S., including the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be presented. The event is free and open to the public.

On Oct. 11, Catherine Nolin, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, will discuss her work on past and present state-sponsored violence in Guatemala. Her 20 years of research has covered issues of femicide, indigenous land rights, migration and human rights. James Rodríguez, an award-winning photographer, will profile his documentation of uncovering mass graves, the forensics of identification and the burial customs that reunite the “disappeared” with family in post-war Guatemala. His evocative photos will be on exhibit. A discussion and reception will follow.

On Oct. 12, Zoran Budimlija, Ph.D., a forensic pathologist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical System, will speak about the identification of victims in mass graves from the war in the former Yugoslavia as well as his role as a team leader of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center Human Identification Project. Anthony Tosi, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Kent State, will talk about his specialized forensic “Touch-DNA” analysis of homicides in New York City. Linda Spurlock, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Kent State, will present her work on 2D and 3D facial reconstructions, and postmortem sketches of unidentified crime victims. A discussion and reception will follow.

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