The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
Department of Anthropology News
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will be giving lectures on November 13 and 14 as part of the Department of Anthropology’s annual capstone courses. Her first lecture, “In the Beginning,” will be at 6:00 p.m. on November 13 in the McClung Museum lecture hall, and is free and open to the public.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”
National Geographic featured a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger. The article chronicles the evolution of human head sizes.
NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno had his own interpretation of a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger.
White Americans’ heads are getting bigger. That’s according to research by forensic anthropologists at UT. Researchers examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed US skulls have become larger, taller, and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher.
In a trend that can be identified going back to the mid-1800s, U.S. skulls have gotten bigger, taller and narrower as seen from the front, said Richard and Lee Jantz, forensic anthropologists at UT.
The history of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be explored next week through a public lecture and concert at UT Knoxville. The Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising,” winners of a 2010 Native American Music award, will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, in the University Center auditorium.
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites the public’s input on an NEH-funded study of three sites in Virginia where former slave quarters are thought to have stood. Barbara Heath, assistant professor of anthropology at UT Knoxville, is conducting the study, which will identify and excavate the Wingos site on two historic properties.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gregory Button wrote an op-ed for Counterpunch entitled “Informational Uncertainty in the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis.” The piece discusses the reasons and ramifications of why public officials withhold or manipulate information during times of tragedy.