Death, Forensic Science, and Reuniting Families
March 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This program is made possible through funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Lori Baker is an associate professor of anthropology at Baylor University, specializing in molecular and forensic analysis of skeletal remains. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, Reuniting Families Project. She also works internationally on the recovery and identification of remains of victims of human rights violations and assisted in the establishment of Mexico’s Missing Nationals Abroad database. Dr. Baker has been an invited speaker in many national and international venues such as at the Peace Palace in The Hague as part of the International Commission on Missing Persons Conference and Amnesty International. She has performed forensic DNA analysis of over 350 skeletal cases from 2003 to 2012 of missing persons for the U.S., Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and Honduras, resulting in the identification of over 70 individuals. She has acted as a consultant to the Attorney General of Mexican State of Chihuahua as well as to the Washington Office on Latin America, the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as to Truth Commissions in Peru and Panama. Dr. Baker’s work has been featured in Discovery Magazine, National Geographic, NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. She has a BA and MA in anthropology from Baylor University and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Tennessee.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration for free e-tickets will be available in spring 2017.
Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.