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Anthropology Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series - Health and Disease in the 19th Century American Midwest: A Tale of Two Cities

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Dr. Anne Grauer, Loyola University Chicago Date: Tuesday Dec 3 Location: LR Wilson Hall 1003 Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Nov 25, 2019

The excavations of two 19th-century urban cemeteries, one associated with the Cook County Poorhouse in Chicago and the other with the City Cemetery of Peoria, Illinois, provide insight into
opportunity and misfortune in the lives and deaths of urban inhabitants. Focusing on skeletal indicators of stress and disease, and through the integration of historical records, the impacts of urbanization, migration, identity and structural inequality are explored.

Anne L. Grauer is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include paleopathology and bioarchaeology, particularly on
how aspects of sex, gender, and social identity impact the presence of diseases in the past. She is currently analyzing skeletons from medieval England, from cemetery populations in 19thcentury
urban centers in the United States.