Dani Shapiro: Neilly Series Lecture

Title

Dani Shapiro: Neilly Series Lecture

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Date

2019-10-14

Description

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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lecture

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Shapiro (c) Michael Maren 2.jpg

Citation

Shapiro, Dani, “Dani Shapiro: Neilly Series Lecture,” RBSCP Exhibits, accessed June 21, 2021, https://rbscpexhibits.lib.rochester.edu/items/show/4881.

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  1. Shapiro (c) Michael Maren 2.jpg
  2. neilly-2019-2020.pdf