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Renard Lecture: Buried Secrets – How Anthropologists Investigate and Document Human Rights ViolationsMonday, February 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Monday, February 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Date:
Monday, February 12
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost:
$5

Renard Lecture: Buried Secrets – How Anthropologists Investigate and Document Human Rights Violations

When asked why exhumations of mass graves were important for human rights investigations, the late, great Dr. Clyde Snow famously said, “The bones don’t lie.”  Drawing on 25 years of experience investigating human rights violations and genocide in Guatemala, Dr. Sanford will discuss the theory and practice of forensic exhumations, victim identification, archival and testimonial research and their interplay in legal processes and community desires for justice.  She will explore the ways in which science, law and justice complement and collide with one another as investigations move forward from the field to legal courts and the court of public opinion. The role of the researcher as both documentarian and participant in the production of history, as well as legal precedence, will be explored.

Victoria Sanford is professor and chair of Anthropology and founding director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College.  She is the author of six books including Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala and the forthcoming Bittersweet Justice: Femincide, Impunity and Courts of Last Resort.  She recently won the University of California Press Public Anthropology competition for her latest book project –The Surge~Central American Border Crossings in the United States, 1980-2015.

Please note: Doors open at 9:30 am