“Huge service to the university and the community more generally”

Again, not to pat myself on the back, but to suggest to others what you can do to fight back against ignorance. There are protests, join them.

Million Woman MarchThere are businesses & organizations that are being attacked, support them.

donate to these companies

And there are people you can invite to speak truths you can never have experienced personally.

Dr. Joseph Graves was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and to get a job in evolutionary biology. In addition to giving an ALLELE talk, he met with our “Race, Ethnicity, and Human Variation” class (ANT 275). This course was designed by Professor Emeritus Jim Bindon based on Dr. Graves’ book on the history of the race concept in the U.S. and has recently been taken over by Assistant Professor Jo Weaver. So it was nothing short of a transcendent experience for everyone to have Dr. Graves himself in class to discuss his experiences and this history he knows both academically and intimately.

I am pleased for our community that it was successful. We certainly need good things to happen right now.

Class with Graves was awesome!! THANK YOU so much for arranging it!

Huge service to the university and the community more generally.

Our EvoS Club also had the pleasure of having lunch with Dr. Graves.

Dr. Graves at EvoS Club lunch. Photo by Kelly Likos, 11/10/16.

Dr. Graves at EvoS Club lunch. Photo by Kelly Likos, 11/10/16.

(L-R) Sierra Lawson, Danielle Secor, Dr. Joseph Graves, Caity Walker, Kelly Likos, and Jensen Brown. Photo courtesy Kelly Likos, North Lawn Auditorium, 11/10/16.

(L-R) Sierra Lawson, Danielle Secor, Dr. Joseph Graves, Caity Walker, Kelly Likos, and Jensen Brown. Photo courtesy Kelly Likos, North Lawn Auditorium, 11/10/16.

I admit, I’m also pleased to have gotten a few photos with Dr. Graves.

Introducing Dr. Graves' ALLELE lecture. Photo by Jo Weaver, 11/10/16.

Introducing Dr. Graves’ ALLELE lecture, North Lawn Auditorium, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Photo by Jo Weaver, 11/10/16.

Joseph Graves and Christopher Lynn (author) next to Joe's books, for sale at the ALLELE lecture. Photo by Avery McNeece, 11/10/16.

Joseph Graves and Christopher Lynn (author) next to Joe’s books, for sale at the ALLELE lecture. Photo by Avery McNeece, 11/10/16.

Christopher Lynn

About Christopher Lynn

Christopher Dana Lynn is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, where he directs the Evolutionary Studies program.  Chris teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biological anthropology, human sexuality, evolution, biocultural medical anthropology, and neuroanthropology.  He received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology in 2009 from the University at Albany, SUNY, where his doctoral focus was on the influence of speaking in tongues on stress response among Pentecostals.  Chris runs a human behavioral ecology research group where the objectives include studying fun gimmicky things like trance, religious behavior, tattooing, and sex as a way of introducing students to the rigors of evolutionary science.  In all his “free” time, he breaks up fights among his triplet sons, enjoys marriage to the other Loretta Lynn, strokes his mustache, and has learned to be passionate about Alabama football (Roll Tide!).  Follow Chris on Twitter: @Chris_Ly
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