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Where Did You Come From? Genetics and Genealogy

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Genetic tests that may shed light on ethnic ancestry are becoming increasingly popular. What can genetics teach us about our ancestors? Can genetic genealogy help us recognize common ancestors and create connections between racial and ethnic groups? How do we pass down membership in a group—through genes or culture?


  • Tony Burroughs, Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA), Genealogist, Author (moderator)
  • Ronne Hartfield, Author, Poet, and Arts Administrator
  • Dr. Rick Kittles, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
  • Christopher Rabb, Social Commentator, Consultant, and Genealogist

This event is presented in partnership with the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society, American Medical Association, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History, The Historymakers, The Newberry Library, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Discount parking is available with validation. Parking lots located at 100 E Walton St and 100 W Chestnut St (entrance on Clark Street) offer discounts for parking stubs stamped by security at The Newberry Library: $6 for 0-6 hours with validation and $7 for 0-6 hours with validation respectively.

If you need a sign interpreter, require other arrangements, to fully participate, or for more information, please call 312.422.5580.

For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking


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