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.