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Forensic linguistics:
Using inductive inference and linguistic pattern recognition to solve crimes with the FBI

Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

Appropriate for adults

How can math and linguistics be used together to advance criminal investigations, support social justice, identify plagiarism, and improve our legal system?  Join Dr. Robert Leonard, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Threat Assessment Institute at Hofstra University, for an engaging exploration of this unique new specialty.  Referred to by The New Yorker as "one of the foremost language detectives in the country" and known as one of the world's experts on authorship analysis, Dr. Leonard will share the data that he used in a murder investigation and explain how to find the linguistic clues that help unlock otherwise impenetrable mysteries.  He'll also share case studies demonstrating how analysis of language data has been applied to interrogations, "confessions," and legal testimony to support the innocence of those wrongfully accused of crimes, to identify deception in speech patterns, to improve jury instructions, and to detect plagiarism, even sharpening the distinction between unintended sloppiness and deliberate intent.

This program is intended for mature adult audiences, as the subject matter may at times be inappropriate for children.

This is a live-streamed event.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at

March 10th, 2021 from  6:30 pm to  8:00 pm
MoMath Online
United States
Event Fee(s)
Free registration (while supplies last) $0.00
Reduced rate (while supplies last) $5.00
Event fee $15.00
Event fee plus $15 donation to support families in need $30.00