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Public Speaking

Since publishing Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, I’ve been giving talks around the Pacific Northwest based on the book.  They’ve been very well received, partly because I have a great slide show that illustrates many of the events described in the book.  If you’re interested in having me give a talk to your group, e-mail me.

I’ve also given many talks on the genetic and genealogical history of humans since publishing Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins.  My venues have ranged from the grand — I was the convocation speaker at the College of Charleston and spoke to the college’s 3,000 incoming freshman — to the everyday — I’ve met with plenty of book groups and genealogy clubs.  I usually take two different perspectives on our history.  I look forward from the evolution of modern humans toward the present, and I look back along family trees toward the past.  Both perspectives have important things to tell us about our relationships with each other, and both converge on an unexpected and inspiring view of our common humanity.