Foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist to talk about his ex­pe­ri­ences

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UNBC an­thro­pol­ogy pro­fes­sor Dr. Richard Lazenby will give a talk abut the chal­lenges and re­wards of prac­tic­ing his pro­fes­sion in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

As the con­sult­ing foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist in north­ern B.C. for more than two decades, Lazenby has worked on nu­mer­ous cases in the re­gion. He has worked closely with the B.C. Coro­ner’s Ser­vice and the RCMP in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of found hu­man re­mains, from cre­ma­tions to sin­gle iso­lated bones to the Pick­ton Farm, and has been an ex­pert wit­ness in seven homi­cide tri­als.

“Death is an ex­pe­ri­ence that we will all share, and for most of us it will be fairly mun­dane – old age, dis­ease – and very likely in bed,” Lazenby said in a press re­lease.

“But for some, through their own ac­tions of those of oth­ers, death may come sud­denly, sadly, and se­cretly.

“The task of foren­sic an­thro­pol­ogy is to help un­lock that se­cret, to re­store that per­son in death to their proper place in the so­cial fab­ric, and to as­sist au­thor­i­ties seek­ing jus­tice.”

The talk is set for Wed­nes­day, 7 p.m. start, at ArtSpace, above Books and Com­pany, 1685 Third Ave.

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