Summer may be coming to a close but with the advent of a new school year, Philadelphia's intellectual life starts blooming. An event Wednesday, September 4 looks like a winner, with the Penn Museum's Janet Monge scheduled to give a talk with the enticing title Forensic Anthropology: Death by Hemlock, Cholera, and Marijuana.

The talk takes place at 6 pm at the World Café Life, another venue that's started adding science-related events. Here's a summary from the World Café Life website:

The basic analytic tool kit of forensic anthropologists is applied to 3 very different case studies. Dealing with decomposed or partially decomposed human remains presents a special set of challenges to anthropologists working in forensics. Indeed, in only about 25% of cases can anthropologists contribute in significant ways to forensic cases - contra the popular lore as portrayed in TV shows like BONES. This presentation will include discussions of the limitations of forensic anthropology and include cases in which the forensic anthropologist have been wrong in their assessment of the remains.

Sounds fascinating and fun, and it's free, though the website noted that RSVPs are a good idea. For more information, click here.

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104