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January 20 , 2007

Anthropologist Michael L. Blakey Rescheduled at Farmingdale State College

To commemorate African American History Month, Farmingdale State College's Distinguished Speaker Program welcomes physical anthropologist Dr. Michael Blakey. Dr. Blakey's presentation has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27, at 11:00 AM in the Roosevelt Hall Little Theatre . Dr. Michael Blakey will present The New York African Burial Ground: A Bioarchaeological Analysis.

From 1992-2004, Dr. Blakey was Scientific Director of the New York African Burial Ground Project, involving an interdisciplinary study of 419 skeletons of 18 th century enslaved Africans, which were discovered in 1991 during pre-construction work for a federal building in New York City. The 419 men, women and children represent a fraction of the estimated 20,000 who were buried on the five-acre site, over an 80 year period spanning most of the 1700's.

The burial ground, the largest bioarchaeological site of its kind, deeply impacted the community and renewed awareness of its cultural significance and the need for historic preservation. The remains were given a permanent resting place at the New York African Burial Ground Memorial Site on October 4, 2003 during a ceremony called the Rites of Ancestral Return. President George W. Bush designated the African Burial Ground a National Monument in February 2006.

Dr. Blakey is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Anthropology and Professor of American Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia . His scholarly publications concern the history and philosophy of science, paleopathology, medical anthropology, racism, and anthropological ethics.

The Distinguished Speakers Program at Farmingdale State is committed to bringing important scholars and artists to the Farmingdale campus to enrich the lives of the college community and the citizens of Long Island. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Dr. Charles Fishman, Director of the Distinguished Speakers Program, at 631-420-2687.

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