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Investigating Frances Glessner Lee, the Mother of Forensic Science

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Friday, June 18 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Virtual Event

Frances Glessner Lee, an independently wealthy grandmother with no formal training, is best known for the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. But she was so much more, an educator and activist who is nearly single-handedly responsible for replacing the archaic coroner system with a modern science-based medical examiner system of death investigation. The story of Lee's life and work is evidence of what one person can achieve.

Presented by Bruce Goldfarb, an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, USA Today, Baltimore magazine, American Archaeology, American Health and many other publications. Since 2012 Bruce has served as executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland. He is public information officer for the OCME and curator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. His first book of popular nonfiction, 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics, was released by Sourcebooks in February, 2020.

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