Dr. Thomas earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology from The University of Edinburgh, and her Master of Science from Central Washington University. She is currently the NAGPRA Director at Indiana University, and serves as an adjunct professor in Anthropology also at Indiana University. NAGPRA is The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which establishes the ownership of cultural items excavated or discovered on federal or tribal land.
Dr. Thomas will be doing two talks on November 18, one at 11am – 12pm, and a second at 2 – 3:30pm. Her first talk will be discussing her work with NAGPRA and her work’s impact on the various Amerindian groups specifically in the Midwest. She will also be discussing the Native American and Indigenous Studies programs at Indiana University, geared towards students interested in transferring to those programs.
Her second talk will focus on the work of an anthropologist, and the science and art of investigating culture, artifacts, and human remains. She will explore these topics through her lens as an educator and as the NAGPRA Director at Indiana University. This session will also include a Q&A segment.
1st Talk: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
2nd Talk: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 18 at 11:00am
Sugar Grove Campus, Bodie 150