DNA and History Seminar

Winter 2008

January 11

Introduction to population genetics and biostatistics
Carlos D. Bustamante, Cornell University.
Beth Shapiro, Pennsylvania State University.

January 16
Introduction to history and linguistics
Christopher Ehret, University of California, Los Angeles.
Patrick Geary, University of California, Los Angeles.
Paper for Seminar: Härke, et al., "Archaeologists and Migrations: A Problem of Attitude?" Current Anthropology, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 19-45.

January 23

Etruscan history
Giorgio Bertorelle, University of Ferrara.
Papers for Seminar: Vernesi, et al., "The Etruscans: A Population-Genetic Study," Am. J. Hum. Genet. 74:694–704, 2004.
Ivanov, "Etruscan: Recent Discoveries."

January 30

February 8
Disentangling Genes, Geography, and Language
Mark Stoneking , Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Paper for Seminar: Stoneking, "Disentangling Genes, Geography, and Language"

February 15
Cultural and genetic identity in the Americas
Andrés Reséndez, University of California, Davis.
Paper for Seminar: Reséndez and Kemp, "Genetics and the History of Latin America" Hispanic American Historical Review 85:2, 283.

February 20

Historical linguistics and genetics (Bantu Expansion)
S.O.Y. Keita, Howard University.
Christopher Ehret, University of California, Los Angeles.
Papers for Seminar: Keita, "Explanation of the Pattern of P49a,f TaqI RFLP
Y-Chromosome Variation in Egypt," African Archaeological Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2005.

Ehret, "Equatorial and Southern Africa, 4000 BCE - 1100 CE" Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History.
Wood, et al., "Contrasting patterns of Y chromosome and mtDNA variation in Africa: evidence for sex-biased demographic processes," European Journal of Human Genetics (2005), 1–10.

February 29
Pandemics, the Fall of the Roman Empire, and Molecular Biology
Michael McCormick, Harvard University.
Paper for Seminar: McCormick, "Toward a Molecular History of the Justinian Pandemic" in Lester Little (ed.), Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750 (Cambridge, 2006).

March 5

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The seminar is sponsored by the UCLA-Mellon Foundation “Transforming the Humanities Initiative,”
with the support of the UCLA Department of History and the Center for Society and Genetics

Updated 6-11-2009