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.
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Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowments and the River Campus Libraries.
Monday, October 14 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626