A Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Libby Copeland, in Conversation with Alice Plebuch

Hosted by Falmouth Jewish Congregation, the Vilna Shul and the Worcester JCC

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 P.M. on Zoom

Register at: https://vilnashul.org/events/event/the-lost-family-how-dna-testing-is-upending-who-we-are

Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites the public a free, virtual Jewish Book Council author talk with award-winning journalist Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, a deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives. The program will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 P.M.  This is one of frequent lively conversations that include interviews with the author and audience Q & A. For these talks we partner with the Worcester JCC and the Vilna Shul in Boston, as well as with local independent Eight Cousins Bookstore, from which you can order books in-person, on their website at www.eightcousins.com.

Author Libby Copeland discusses how com­mer­cial DNA test­ing (for ances­try and fam­i­ly his­to­ry research) is chang­ing how we view our fam­i­lies and them­selves. Alice Plebuch, who made a startling discovery about her own family history through a run-of-the-mill DNA test, joins her. What if you, like Alice, uncover a secret that rewrites the script of your entire being? These two women will discus how to define fam­i­ly, race, and eth­nic­i­ty, as well as how much DNA should get to tell us about who we are, as tech­nol­o­gy clash­es with our inti­mate lives.

Libby Copeland has written for The Washington Post, New York Mag­a­zine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. Copeland was a reporter and edi­tor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fel­low and guest lec­tur­er, and has made numer­ous appear­ances on tele­vi­sion and radio. Learn more about the author and book at http://www.libbycopeland.com.