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Argentine Anthropologist to Lecture at U of M

February 11, 2014 10:13 AM | News

Luis Fondebrider

Luis Fondebrider (left) works in the Solomon Islands. (HANDOUT)

An expert anthropologist from Argentina is helping to train University of Manitoba graduate students and professors this week.

Luis Fondebrider, founder of the Argentine Team of Forensic Anthropology, is visiting the U of M on Wednesday to give a free public lecture on what he’s best known for.

Fondebrider pioneered the application of forensic science to recovery and identification of the remains of victims of Argentina’s military dictatorship. The organization he founded now works across 40 countries in South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

“Many victims of state terror are killed and disappeared without trace. Therefore, the work of Mr. Fondebrider and his team is critically important to national reconciliation, justice and closure for the victims’ families,” said U of M professor Jorge Nállim, who witnessed Argentina’s military dictatorship and now studies Latin American history.

The lecture, Bones, Ghosts and Human Rights: How Science Can Further Justice, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the concourse lounge of University College.