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William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Building

Please Note:  We do NOT provide tours of the Anthropology Research Facility.

One of the primary missions of the FAC is to promote outreach among the public, including grade schools, civic groups, science-based college clubs and college classes.  We provide high quality, age-appropriate presentations that convey scientific information in a professional, accessible and memorable manner without sensationalism.  Please note that presentations on-site at the William M. Bass Building will be offered only on certain days and times of the week. See the schedule below.

If your group wishes to come to UT, our graduate and undergraduate students provide an enriching presentation at our new Bass Building.  Our classroom seats 40 persons (including students and chaperones) so groups are limited to that size.  The presentation typically consists of two parts.  First, an oral presentation will be provided based on an agreed upon topic (e.g., forensic anthropology and identification techniques, decomposition and time since death, skeletal anatomy, pathology and trauma, or the FAC Body Donation Program and related research).  Next, a set of skeletal stations will be available throughout the classroom for participants to apply their new knowledge.  If appropriate and desired, a brief tour of the lab portion of the building can be provided.  Presentations are typically 60-75 minutes.

  • There is no fee for these presentations
  • Parking at the Bass Building is severely limited so a school bus or other mode of mass transportation must be arranged and coordinated.  We cannot accommodate multiple cars or parents dropping off students.
  • For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 we will offer presentations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am, 11am and 1pm. To request a presentation date and time, please fill out the Presentation-request-form. Submit the form to Dawnie Steadman at osteo@utk.edu.

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