October 25: “Genesis to Genetics: The New Science of Jewish Identity”

Whitehead Fellow Yaniv Erlich

Whitehead Fellow Yaniv Erlich will present his work on October 25, 2011 at the Arsenal Center in Watertown, MA.

Join us on October 25, 2011 for “Genesis to Genetics: The New Science of Jewish Identity” featuring Whitehead Fellow Yaniv Erlich and author Jon Entine.

Erlich and Entine will explore how the revolution in genetic research over the past few decades has transformed the way we think about Jewish identity, providing new insights into Jewish health and history while also sparking intense debate around subjects like intermarriage and “Jewish intelligence.” How can genetic research help us unravel the early history of the Diaspora? How can it help us understand the health risks we might pass on to our children? Can a swab to the inner cheek change how you look at yourself?

  • What “Genesis to Genetics: The New Science of Jewish Identity” with Whitehead Fellow Yaniv Erlich
  • WHEN October 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM
  • WHERE Arsenal Center for the Arts
    321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Erlich is the Andria and Paul Heafy Fellow at Whitehead Institute. His research focuses on the genetic basis of human diseases, including Jewish genetic disorders. Jon Entine is the author of Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People. Their conversation will be moderated by Paula Apsell, the Executive Producer of NOVA and Director of the Science Unit at WGBH.

The panel discussion, presented by the New Center for Arts & Culture and Whitehead Institute, is made possible by a generous gift from Liliana and Hillel Bachrach.

The event will be October 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA (regular: $45; free to BOA members).

If you are interested in attending, please contact  Sonja Plesset at splesset@wi.mit.edu or (617) 258-5103.