In just a few months, many of you will join us for ISHI 33 at the Gaylord National Harbor outside of Washington DC. We’ve already announced that our keynote speaker will be DeNeen L. Brown, a reporter at The Washington Post. She will discuss the Red Summer of 1919, when a reign of racist massacres swept more than 25 US cities, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Brown’s reporting prompted the City of Tulsa to reopen an investigation into the search for mass graves of Black people killed during the massacre. In 2020, scientists discovered a mass grave in the city’s public cemetery.
“These pieces of history are so tragic and horrible, and they impacted real, live people,” Brown says. “It is my hope that the forensic scientists in the audience are able to connect with these missing pieces of history…and then leave that place inspired to do the work, to pursue justice, to connect the dots in history.”
In addition to the keynote address, the following topics will be covered:
Use of rapid DNA to identify victims from the Surfside Condominium collapse
How the Innocence Project is bringing justice to the wrongfully convicted
Victim identification in the field from the conflict in the Ukraine
Best practices and application of investigative forensic genetic genealogy
The DNA Justice Project, preventing sexual assaults by clearing DNA backlogs
Project Prism, Identifying Toronto’s Missing Men
Don’t forget that you can save $100 off of the standard registration rate by registering before August 1st. Those unable to attend in person can purchase a virtual ticket to watch the general session presentations live-streamed in real time. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more joining virtually. Please email ISHI@promega.com with any questions.
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