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Neilly Author Series: Dani Shapiro

What makes a person a person? What combination of heredity and environment, nature and nurture, shapes our lives and forms our identity? After a lifetime spent writing fiction and memoir about the corrosive power of secrets within families, Dani Shapiro stumbled upon a massive family secret of her own: her beloved father was not her father. As she writes in Inheritance: “I always knew there was a secret. What I didn’t know: the secret was me.” This lecture delves into Shapiro’s own detective story as she discovers a radically different truth than the one she had known, and shines a spotlight on the complex, ethical ramifications of this moment in history, during which science and technology have outpaced the human heart's capacity to contend with what we may discover.

Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call (585)-275-4461.

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowments and the River Campus Libraries.

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff


diversity, literary arts




River Campus Libraries
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For more information, call (585)-275-4461.

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Yi Yang

Yi Yang left a positive review Sunday, October 13, 2019

It is so inspiring, and i hope the talk could be longer!