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Dr. Michael Blakey to be Featured Speaker at NY Academy of Sciences' Anthropology Lecture

Please join W&M’s Dr. Michael Blakey as he presents “African Diasporic Activist Scholarship: Beyond the Enlightenment, Toward the Democratization of Science," as the featured speaker at the NY Academy of Sciences’ annual anthropology lecture, conducted via Zoom on Monday, Feb. 22nd at 6:30 pm. He will discuss the NY African Burial Ground as a watershed of a new form of archaeology and historic interpretation, now codified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , and embraced by publics in the preservation and descendant communities. Dr. Blakey's lecture will include a panel discussion and open Q&A with the virtual audience. The discussion will revolve around the site’s impact on archaeological practice, academe, public education and memorialization.  Free registration and participation with RSVP on Zoom:

Profound in its local historic and political setting at the turn of the 21st century, the African Burial Ground is marking its 30th anniversary and is now a U.S. National Monument in Lower Manhattan.  Dr. Blakey served as the Scientific Director of the NY African Burial Ground (NYABG) Project (1992-2009), which represented the most extensive bioarchaeological project in the United States.  

Joining Dr. Blakey during the panel discussion will be two of his colleagues from the NYABG, Rachel Watkins, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies at American University and Peggy King Jorde, Cultural Projects Consultant, design professional, activist, and a Harvard Loeb Fellow.