Dr. William Bass, Ph.D.; D-ABFA Professor Emeritus from The University of Tennessee is a world renowned speaker in the field of Forensic Anthropology therefore; his speaking schedule is very demanding. All of Dr. Bass's presentations can be tailored to the participants of a conference or speaking engagement.
All speaking events are confirmed and approved with Dr. Bass through Bone Zones. Bone Zones will coordinate the details of the event regarding honorarium, mileage, and availability. When requesting Dr. Bass to speak to at your event please be sure to provide three possible dates, time, location, approximate size, and age of the group.
Due to legal issues and sensitivity of Dr. Bass lectures video recording of presentations in any format is NOT allowed.
Individual / group pictures with Dr. Bass after lectures / during book signing is permitted.
Contact Information: Susan Seals via email BoneZones@HOTMAIL.COM
or Office: 865-556-[BONE]2663
All speaking events require a non-refundable $500.00 deposit [Non-Refundable] to hold your date and time.
The remaining amount due of the honorarium will be due by the day of your event.
Dr. Bass does not schedule events Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays during U.T. Football season.
To check the UT Football schedule:
Potential event presentation topics:
History of “The Body Farm”
Adult Bones: [Any of the 206 Human BONES]
How to identify human bones by age, sex, and race
Colonel William Shy 
Woman eaten by her dogs
Thomas Bryd [Sevier County]
James Grizzle’s [Kingsport, Tennessee]
Madison Rutherford [Monterrey Mexico]
Chigger Harden [Tri-State Crematory, Noble, GA]
Improviser: on-air, onstage, & online
Frank Murphy is an improviser on-air, on stage and online.
Frank hosts East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl, an academic competition between area high schools. The program airs and streams online weekdays at 5:30 p.m. Frank joined the show starting with its 2017 season.
Fans of “Knoxville’s Greatest Hits” can hear Frank Mondays through Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on 104.9 Lake FM or online at lakefm.com
World-renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass utilizes Frank at many of his speaking engagements, which are planned by the team at BoneZones.com. Frank serves as emcee, Q&A facilitator, and occasionally as the opening act.
In February, 2021, Frank launched a YouTube series of weekly travel vlogs about tourist attractions near the Great Smoky Mountains. The vlogs are also featured on SeeMoreSmokies.com
Frank joined the comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified a month after moving to Knoxville in 2002. The group normally performs on Tuesday nights in Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. They have performed in the Gatlinburg Improv Fest each year since its inception in 2012.
Frank was selected as the 2014 Knoxville recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He earned the title “Man of the Year” in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 fundraising competition. He served terms as president of the Front Page Foundation and as president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. In 2012 and 2013, Frank won the Host with the Most stand-up comedy contest to raise money for charity. In September, 2020, he joined the board of Marble City Opera.
Frank has been in the cast of many Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association productions since 2010, including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & the Beast, and Into the Woods. From 2014 to 2018, he was in the cast of the Front Page Follies, an annual musical spoof of local news stories.
Frank is frequently asked to emcee fundraisers and festivals in East Tennessee. Recent events include New Year’s on the Square, the Knoxville St. Patrick’s Parade, the Knox Asian Festival, the Regional Youth Talent Competition, the Knoxville Opera Guild Ball, the Greater Knoxville Heart Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the GO! Contemporary Dance Works gala, the Karns Fairest of the Fair Pageant, the Hearth Scares Ball, and the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade. In 2018, he was voted “Knoxville’s Finest Emcee” by the readers of Blank Newspaper.
Frank was the 2014 Social Media inductee in the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and YouTube as @FrankMurphyCom. Frank’s blog, which was active from 2005 to 2015, was voted one of “East Tennessee’s Best” by the readers of the Knoxville News Sentinel for four consecutive years and the “Best of Knoxville” by the readers of Metro Pulse. He is currently writing a book with stories from his life and career.
In Knoxville, Frank is heard on 104.9 Lake FM (WPLA). He was previously on-air at WOKI-FM, WTXM-FM, WWST-FM, and WNOX-FM. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Frank worked at KPWR-FM, KROQ-FM, and KLOS-FM in Los Angeles and WAVA-FM in Washington, D.C. He graduated from George Mason University, where he won the Senior of the Year award.
Frank’s hobbies include traveling, swimming, and growing figs. He became a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge in 2013. Frank has visited all 50 states and hopes to take his wife Jere to the two states she has not yet visited.
Check out our friend and additional certified speakers: Dr. Al Hazari AL HAZARI - 2014 Science is for students ages two to 102—that’s the motto of Al Hazari. A lecturer and director of the undergraduate chemistry laboratories, Hazari is a champion for science. His chemistry “magic shows” have been enjoyed by countless kids and adults for over twenty-two years. It started with grant from the American Chemical Society, which allowed him to visit local schools to demonstrate hands-on activities. Since then, hundreds of people of all ages have flocked to see Hazari demonstrate the wonders of chemistry. The real magic in the shows comes from his presentation, which brings an element of fun and excitement that many people would not associate with a scientific lecture. A fixture in the Knoxville community, Hazari has presented for schools, museums, civic organizations, assisted-living facilities, and organizations reaching underserved groups. The American Chemical Society has recruited him for their national speaker tour, so he now presents throughout the United States. Dr. Hazari is in Death's Acre page 262 - 264 as himself.
Bill Landry has realized a lifetime's professional career of performing, educating and entertaining. He's among the lucky few whose vocation became his avocation. He holds two Emmy-Awards for Directing some of 1900 Heartland television episodes during his 30 years on television. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Lincoln Memorial University, Educator of the Year Award from Carson Newman University, and serves on the Tennessee Historical Commission.
Bill is trained as an Actor/director, a theater artist, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Dallas Theater Center, Trinity University, San Antonio, Tx. He has created and performed in a variety of stage, television and film projects including Preston Jones' "The Oldest Living Graduate," & "The Texas Trilogy." He wrote, produced and directed "Master Scrooge," for the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Produced "William Bartram - An Unlikely Explorer" for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th Anniversary Celebration, "Mountain Renaissance" for Arrowmont School of the Arts," "Deep Roots of Sevier County," and "We the Principal People," a bicentennial play for Roane County, Tn.. He also directed "Cole Porter, Let's Do It," and "Private Lives," with the Tennessee Valley Players, along with "Gospelfest", "The George Washington Carver Project, ""The Talk is Cheap Tour," and "Appalachian Dreams," for Roane County, Tennessee.
"Einstein The Man," which was adapted for National Public Radio, Bill wrote and premiered in 1979 at the Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge. Produced by Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, over 1000 performances were given in 38 states and 2 provinces of Canada.
In 1981, Bill began serving as Spokesman for Tennessee Valley Authority during the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, and TVA's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Bill's lifetime interest in the people and the culture of the region and the lore of the Smoky Mountains brought Bill and The Heartland Series together. In 1984, Bill became the spokesperson, writer, actor, co-producer and performer for the regionally broadcast television series created by NBC affiliate, WBIR-TV, Channel 10, Knox., Tennessee.
For more than 30 years, Bill uncovered the sometimes strange mountain culture and mysteries in his on-going search to uncover the character of a region.
His writings successfully carry-on what he's been doing all along. "Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures" was published by Celtic Cat Publishing, 2012, "Tellin' It For the Truth" published in 2014, and "Buddy, Dog of the Smoky Mountains, "in 2013. "When The West Was Tennessee " was released in 2018. Bill continues to write, lecture and share many untold stories, and even a few of those left on the cutting room floor.
Bill spends time in Tennessee and the coast with his wife, Sandy. They travel and explore the world. He has great pride in his son, Jack, whose a performer, himself with a beautiful wife, Weatherly and two high energy grandsons, Gus and Boone.
If you need additional certified speakers Art Bohanan has worked with Dr. Bass for the past 30 years. He is in 10 of the 12 books as himself.
Arthur M. Bohanan is an internationally award winning patented inventor, researcher, lecturer and writer, a Certified Latent Print Examiner (one of 860 in the world), a certified FEMA Mass Fatality Course Instructor and a certified police instructor with 52 years in the study and practical application of forensics in thousands of violent crime scenes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University with further studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Art created the first ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) task force in Tennessee in 1999 and worked in an online undercover capacity until he retired in May 2001 as a Police Specialist III, former AFIS Manager and Senior Forensic Examiner with the Knoxville Police Department(26 years). Art twice received the Knoxville Police Officer of the year award and was awarded Walters State Community College’s first “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in March 2000 for his contribution as a researcher, consultant and lecturer in the field of forensics. Bohanan was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Atlanta (sponsored by the Inventors Clubs of America) with two distinguished awards plus a doctorate in science and technology for pioneering research involving children’s fingerprints. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by the East Tennessee CPIT Advocacy Counsel and the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s (Huntsville) Outstanding Service for Law Enforcement in 2011. Art received the Citation of Excellence Award from the Dept of Justice and the Amber Alert when he retired May lst 2012. He has completed research at the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm”, with the F.B.I., and Oak Ridge National Lab. He was a senior forensic consultant and instructor for the Fox Valley/Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the national Amber Alert Program. Co-author of “Child Fatality Investigations”, “Investigative Strategies for Missing and Abducted Children “, “Forensic Response to Missing and Abducted Children,” that he taught nationwide. Also just retired as Communications /Environmental Officer with the U.S. Public Health’s DMORT WMD (disaster response) Team. Bohanan is a founding father of the National Forensic Academy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a founding board member and past President of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
Dr. Bass & Frank Murphy want an exciting evening event!! Have this duo.
Dr. Bass and Dr. Hazari get together you never know what might blow up!!
Bone Zones Team: We will be happy to schedule your event, post on www.bonezones.com, & Facebook.
Just give us a call:
Dr. Bass , Dr. Hazari, Art Bohanan, with Frank Murphy as emcee. This team is what your looking for CEU credits.
Dedicated of the new William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Building 9/27/2011 in a ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the world-renowned forensic anthropologist. Bass is a third generation in his family to have an educational building name after him.
The new building, behind the UT Medical Center, will enhance research programs and provide classroom facilities for UT students and the many law enforcement, fire, and medical professionals who train at the adjacent Anthropological Research Facility.
Dr. William M. Bass III