SPEAKERS FORUM

Join us at our popular Speakers Forum!

Our Speakers Forum is open to all Mensans and guests.

Members of the public are also welcome.

No Charge.

Location:

Villa Park Civic Center

17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park

This is about 2 miles south of the 91 Freeway and just east of the 55 Freeway. From the 55, take the Katella Ave. exit, go east a half mile to Wanda, then left .3 mile (becomes N. Santiago Blvd). Drive into the Ralphs shopping center. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. Plenty of free parking

Coming up…


Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 PM

Forensic Genealogy

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, will describe how DNA and genealogy databases are being used to identify cold case murder victims and to narrow down the list of suspects.

Dr. Fitzpatrick, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy. She has worked dozens of cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis.

She is the Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of John and Jane Does sometimes decades old.

Dr. Fitzpatrick lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs. These include The Today Show, BBC World News Tonight, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and Scientific American. She is the author of three books, including Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy .


Sunday, February 23, 2020

4:00 PM

Family Law Court

Speaker: The Hon. Barry S. Michaelson

Our presenter will be the Honorable Barry S. Michaelson, Orange County Superior Court Commissioner, who serves as a judge in Family Law Court. He will talk about how judges handle the complexities of cases involving domestic violence, child or elder abuse, divorce, domestic partnerships, child support, adoptions, and the rights of grandparents with regard to grandchildren.