UCLA Faculty Seminar: DNA & History
By Elizabeth Klarich
"DNA and History" is a faculty seminar held at the Center for Human Genetics at UCLA. There are a number of talks with clear archaeological foci, both winter and spring quarters. Please visit their web page for the schedule, readings, and more details.
Sponsored by the UCLA Mellon Foundation Transforming the Humanities Initiative
"The UCLA Department of History is sponsoring a faculty seminar that will bring together geneticists, evolutionary biologists and biomathematicians with anthropologists, linguists, archaeologists, and historians to begin exploring the intersections of genetic research and historical inquiry. Such a collaborative approach seems crucial to us for meaningfully developing the new technologies in the context of historical scholarship. The seminar will meet weekly to discuss pre-circulated papers selected by the seminar participants or presented by visitors invited by the team. Discussions will focus not only on the technical aspects of combining historical and genetic research but on the broader questions raised by such research into the meaning of genetic markers and patterns in terms of meaningful human group identity."