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Libby Copeland: The Lost Family

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are looks at how home DNA testing is profoundly changing how people see themselves and their families. Examining the impact of intimate revelations and moving reunions in the lives of millions of Americans, including adoptees, the donor-conceived, and those who discover they’re not genetically related to a parent, The Lost Family chronicles what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment, one vial of spit at a time. The Wall Street Journal calls it “a fascinating account of lives dramatically altered by genetic sleuthing,” and The New York Times says, “Before you spit in that vial, read this book.” The Washington Post writes: “At times it reads like an Agatha Christie mystery with twists and red herrings. But it is also a philosophy book and an ethics treatise, with a touch of true crime. It wrestles with some of the biggest questions in life: Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture or both?”

Libby Copeland (CAS ’98) is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, science and human behavior. A reporter and editor at the The Washington Post for eleven years, Copeland has also written for New York MagazineThe New York TimesThe Atlantic and Smithsonian Magazine. She has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. The Lost Family is her first book.


October 12
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Kelly Writers House