Upcoming Events

Monday, April 28, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Samuel & Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture: Professor Samuel Kassow

"Time Capsules in the Rubble: the Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto". Within months of the start of World War II, the historian Emmanuel Ringelblum established a secret archive called Oneg Shabbat, "the Sabbath pleasure." Over the years, Ringelblum and his associates would document the life and death in the Warsaw ghetto. It was, as Professor Samuel Kassow argues, "the biggest example of cultural resistance during WWII." Between 1940 and 1943, members of the Oneg Shabbat group buried thousands of documents in milk cans and tin boxes. Only some were recovered. Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and a visiting professor of history at Wesleyan University. He is the author of numerous books and publications on east European Jewish history. Most recently he published the award winning "Who Will Write Our History" Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto" (2007).

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Monday, May 05, 2014

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Lunch talk by Orna Levran, Ph.D. on "Race, ethnicity, and ancestry: a medical genetic perspective"

Orna Levran of the Rockefeller University in New York will speak on "Race, ethnicity, and ancestry: a medical genetic perspective"

Interactions between genetic, environmental, and social factors have been proposed to explain the observed differences in disease prevalence and severity among different populations. Populations vary in terms of history (expansion, migration, and natural selection), allele frequencies, and other properties that affect the importance of genetic risk variants. In this talk we will discuss current methods to infer fine personal global ancestry and admixture with examples from several distinctive populations (including Ashkenazi and non-Ashkenazi Jewish cohort) obtained for the study of the genetics of drug addiction. We will also discuss examples of targeting specific groups for prevention and treatment efforts, as well as the reevaluation of the relevance of racial/ethnic labels in the genomic era of personalized medicine.

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