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Science and Society | The First Peoples of the Americas

Science and Society | The First Peoples of the Americas


Many thousands of years ago, groups of people crossed what was then a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska. Who were they? When did they arrive? And how did these first arrivals spread throughout the Americas? Join us online for a talk by Jennifer Raff, whose best-selling new book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas explores these questions through the lenses of genetics and archaeology, and discusses the ethical issues involved in studies that profoundly impact Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Jennifer Raff is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas. She has a dual PhD in anthropology and genetics, and her research focuses on ancient and modern DNA from the Americas. She is a former president of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, the author of numerous scientific papers, and a science communicator with her own blog, Violent Metaphors, and articles in publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, and Forbes.

The conversation will be moderated by Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science, and Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys. This event is part of the series Science and Society - Making Sense of the World Around Us, launched by the Lewes Public Library last year and co-organized by Fred Dylla and Linda Dylla.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.

If you have need assistance with registration or getting your Zoom invitation, please email us.

Basic written instructions for using Zoom may be found here and a brief video tutorial may be found here. Closed captioning is available for all our sessions. Information on enabling closed captioning in Zoom may be found here.

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Lewes Public Library
  Adults     Older Adults  
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