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Fall 2019 Course A. Forensic Anthropology: Make No Bones About It

Alumnae Continuing Education
Norris University Center

Course A. Forensic Anthropology: Make No Bones About It

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Erin B. Waxenbaum, Associate Professor of Instruction, Anthropology

This course meets on Tuesday mornings beginning on September 24th.

There will be no class on October 1st.


The lectures are as follows:

Sep. 24 What Evolution Is (Ernst Mayr)

Where do we come from? How do things evolve? What is a cell? We will explore the underpinnings of science and discuss the implications for our particular path in our species development.


Oct. 1 NO CLASS – Rosh Hashanah


Oct. 8 On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)

Did humans evolve from monkeys? This is a common misconception posed to anthropologists with often a surprising answer – no! We will explore the true connection between ourselves and our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom.


Oct. 15 The Ancestor’s Tale (Richard Dawkins)

What is the deal with all those crazy skulls we see on the news and in magazines when the newest, greatest discoveries hit the press? What do we do with all this evidence of bones that do not resemble anyone living today? We will explore how paleoanthropologists decide who demonstrates evidence of our lineage vs other living nonhuman primates. We will look at the existing fossil record to discuss how we know what we know and what it means for the future.


Oct. 22 The Greatest Show on Earth (Richard Dawkins)

What makes humans different from all our extinct ancestors? Why are we here talking about ourselves and they are not? We will explore modern human variation and what our differences truly mean. We will also look at the ways that science has been used to twist and distort the reality of our understanding of human variation.


Oct. 29 Dead Men Do Tell Tales (William Maples)

What is a forensic anthropologist and what does one do? What is the accuracy of TV depictions of anthropology? We will explore forensics as an applied field of anthropology and its historical development. We will also discuss the role of a forensic anthropologist within the medicolegal community.


Nov. 5 Trail of Bones (Mary Manhein)

So, you run across some bones while strolling through a local forest preserve; now what? We will explore the recovery and documentation process for human remains as well as what comes next. We will look at the methods of time since death determination and what happens to remains that are not fully skeletonized.


Nov. 12 Teasing Secrets from the Dead (Emily Craig) – Sex and Ancestry Estimation

What can we learn from the skeleton? Can one determine a skeleton’s sex? Gender? Race? We will explore traits throughout the skeletal body that can provide evidence for sex determination. Additionally, we will look at the complex and complicated issue of ancestry determination in forensic anthropology as well as what we can and cannot determine with accuracy.


Nov. 19 Death’s Acre (Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson) - Age, Stature, and Pathology Estimation

What else can we learn about an individual’s life after their death? Continuing with our discussion of the biological profile, we will explore tools to assess age and stature and how those two factors influence one another. Additionally, we will explore how before death, disease or trauma can be a unique identifying factor after death.


Nov. 26 Broken Bones (Allison Galloway) – Trauma, Personal ID, and Contemporary Issues

Can all trauma be identified by an anthropologist? If not, what are the limitations? For our final meeting we will explore trauma analysis in forensic anthropology. Additionally, we will address other aspects of personal identification and use of anthropology outside the daily medical examiner or coroner system, including cases of mass disasters, war crimes, and unique circumstances such as 9/11.


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Information is subject to change. Full course and policy descriptions are available at www.nualumnae.org


Course Pricing

One nine-week course $190.00

Discounts for Multiple Registrations for an Individual

Individuals who register for multiple courses may receive discounts on each additional course after the first:

To register for two nine-week courses at the special price of $355.00, select the 2-Course Package.

To register for three nine-week courses at the special price of $520.00, select the 3-Course Package.

To register for four nine-week courses at the special price of $685.00, select the 4-Course Package.


Your email confirmation from Norris Box Office verifies your registration but it is not your entry to class. Be sure to bring your class entry card to each class as it must be shown to the proctors at the entry door. In order to guarantee seating for registered students, those without their card will be given a temporary entry card, but ONE time only. After that one time, a replacement card will be provided at a fee of $30.00.

Refund Policy: Before a refund can be issued, your course card must be returned and the cancellation fee must be purchased on this website. Send your entry card to Alumnae Continuing Education, P.O. Box 2789, Glenview, IL 60025.

Applicable Fees and Withdrawal Schedule:
If the withdrawal request is received prior to the first class, the refund of the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases a $10.00 cancellation processing fee.

If the withdrawal request is received after the first class, but before the second class, the refund of the the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases both the $10.00 cancellation processing fee and the $30.00 per diem fee, per course dropped.

If the withdrawal request is received after the second class, but before the third class, the refund of the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases the $10.00 cancellation processing fee and $60.00 in per diem fees, per course dropped.


  • No refunds will be given after the second class.
  • Credits are not given for future classes.
  • A transfer at no cost to another class offered during the same quarter is an option provided there is space available.
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