Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:30 pm free
"The Genes of Our Ancestors and the Ancestors of Our Genes" Jeffrey Long Professor of Anthropology University of New Mexico.
There is current recreational and scientific interest in using DNA to trace the ancestry of living people to large continental populations, such as Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Americas. Successful ancestry testing hinges on two factors. The first is our definition of ancestry, and the second is the distribution of genetic diversity in our species. The evolution of our species holds the key to both factors. I will begin this talk by giving a historical account of genomic diversity in modern people. From there, I will use genomic diversity to trace the paths that people migrated as our species spread from its homeland in Africa to its current global distribution. I will show that most of the genetic diversity in our species today was present in the first modern humans. This makes human diversity ancient, and more so than the current geography of our species. A practical consequence of our history is that people from different regions share the same genes. I will argue that we can make some precise statements about a person’s ancestry by carefully defining ancestral groups, but it will be difficult to use ancestry to predict the precise genes that a person carries.
Jeffrey Long is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He received a BA in Anthropology from UCSB and PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. From 1992-2001, Dr. Long was a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health, and from 2001-2009, he was a Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Long has published in the areas of human population genetics, statistical genetics, and the genetic basis of common disease. In 2010, Dr. Long was a co-author of the American Society of Human Genetics statement on direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry testing. He is currently a member of the National Human Genome Research Institute advisory committee on Genomics and Society. Dr. Long has conducted field studies on small populations in Papua New Guinea and on Native Americans (including the Southwest). His current research focuses on the distribution of DNA sequence variation among people throughout the world. He relates this variation to processes such as founder effects, mixing with archaic hominids, and patterns of gene flow. He has contributed to topics such as race and genetic ancestry testing as a broader impact of primary research project. This research will help unravel the role of genetic diversity in health and fitness.
Thursday & Friday, February 20-21, 2014 free
Indigenous Book Festival
Authenticity & Indigeneity focus of event
The University of New Mexico Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) and the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies host the third Indigenous Book Festival celebrating the work of 30 contemporary indigenous poets, novelists, scholars and writers, on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building on the UNM campus. The events are free and open to the public.
Highlighted events for the festival include Thursday’s 10 a.m. opening keynote address, “The Sovereignty of Critique,” by Audra Simpson, assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University, and featured author readings by poet Maurice Kenny, and Carter Revard, professor emeritus, Washington University, at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., David Treuer presents, “Authenticity and the Written Word,” and poet Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru) delivers the 12:15 p.m. luncheon keynote, “Beware of Falling Coconuts."
For the full schedule of events: http://www.unm.edu/~ifair/2014bookfest.html
Student Union Building
Friday, February 21, 2014 free
Clay, Fire and
Containment: Recent Pottery Acquisitions at the Maxwell Museum
5:30 pm - Gallery Talk with David Phillips, Curator of Archaeology, Maxwell Museum
6:00 - 7:30 pm Opening Reception
The Maxwell has collected pottery since its inception in 1932, primarily focusing on the U.S. Southwest. With the help of donors, the expansion of the pottery collection has become global, supporting efforts to think and talk about the wider world from an anthropological perspective. This exhibition displays Chinese ceramic pieces, ranging from the Neolithic period (starting 10,000 B.C.) to contemporary times; contemporary pottery of sub-Saharan Africa; Remojadas figurines from the Gulf Coast of Mexico; and the local expression of the prehistoric Pueblo world - the Casas Grandes culture (between 1200 and 1450 C.E.) located in what is now Chihuahua Mexico. Maxwell Museum