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Hannah Marsh

Free lecture part of the Mel Oliven Lecture Series

Hannah Marsh, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Iowa Anthropology department, will speak on the topic of race and biology at the Mel Oliven Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 30, from 11-11:50 a.m., in 343 Cedar Hall on Kirkwood Community College’s main campus in Cedar Rapids. The event is free and open to the public.

Marsh’s work focuses on variation in recent humans and their ancestors. She has traveled the world looking for fossils in Kenya, Indonesia and Namibia. Her dissertation, “Beyond Thick versus Thin: Mapping Cranial Vault Thickness Patterns in Recent Homo Sapiens,” looks at skull thickness patterns in populations from around the world.

Marsh teaches at Kirkwood and the University of Iowa. She’s been studying anthropology for 13 years, and has been teaching for eight years.

The Oliven Lecture began in 1977 and is the longest running lecture series at Kirkwood Community College. It was founded in memory of Mel Oliven, long-time Astronomy and Physics professor at Kirkwood. The Oliven Endowment of the Kirkwood Foundation makes this lecture possible.