It is Never too Late to Seek Pride
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology Department,
Dr. Turhon Murad was instrumental in beginning and growing the highly-respected Forensic Anthropology program at CSU, Chico. In this presentation, however, he journeys to his roots in the village of Lakavica in Albania. This leads to a story intertwining Dr. Murad’s family history with the centuries-long struggle of the people there for their independence and identity. This region of the Balkans was traditionally called Macedonia and was part of Greece, but due to political differences, the Greeks have not let the people there use that name – thus, their country is called Albania. The region’s people have been subjected to the rule of many outsiders, from the Ottoman Empire to the communist takeover of Macedonia in the 1940s, which was then incorporated into Yugoslavia. However, the people have managed to maintain their customs and their identity.
Recorded: December 4, 2014