NATCHITOCHES – Mary H. Manhein, head of LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, or FACES, Lab, will deliver the annual Fleming Thomas Lecture at Northwestern State University Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.
Her lecture topic is “Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century, Myths, Magic, and Miracles.” A book signing will follow the lecture.
Manhein, commonly referred to as “The Bone Lady” for her work in forensic anthropology, holds a master’s degree in anthropology and has more than 27 years of experience as a forensic anthropologist. In addition to being the director of the FACES Lab, she is director of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Program and is a professional in residence at LSU. Manhein, a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, has handled more than 1,000 forensic cases and is called on by law enforcement agencies all over the United States.
Manhein is also the author of two books on forensic anthropology, “The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist” and “Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist.” Manheim also has written a novel, “Floating Souls: The Canal Murders.”
The lecture is in honor of Thomas, director of libraries in at NSU from 2005-09 and interim director in 2004-05.
A 1955 graduate of Northwestern State, Thomas earned a graduate degree in library science at LSU and completed post-graduate coursework at Rutgers University. He worked in various capacities in libraries at The Citadel, Indiana University and Miami-Dade Junior College and served as chairman of the Division of Learning Resources at Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J., while earning a certificate in library management at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Library Science. He was dean of academic affairs at Burlington County College for eight years and later was director of that campus library. He returned to Northwestern State in 1988 as reference and interlibrary loan librarian.