The Gene: An Intimate History | Screening with Q&A

Apr 26, 2021

Thu. Apr. 29, 2021 at 7pm VIRTUAL EVENT | Unravel the history of the human genome and explore the genetic ethical implications in this special screening of Ken Burns’ "The Gene: An Intimate History." Following the screening will be a Q&A session with a panel discussing the film and new discoveries about genetics, behavior and autism. RSVP HERE

Unravel the history of the human genome and explore the genetic ethical implications in this special film screening of Ken Burns’ "The Gene: An Intimate History."

From the story of the remarkable accomplishments of the earliest gene hunters and the bitterly fought race to read the entire human genome, to the unparalleled excitement and ethical challenges of CRISPR and gene therapy, the documentary takes viewers on a journey through key genetics discoveries that represent some of the greatest achievements in human history.  



This special screening presents 35 minutes of select excerpts from the full documentary series.

Following the film screening will be a Q&A session with a panel discussing the film and new discoveries about genetics, behavior and autism.

On the Panel

  • Angie Kankula, Project Coordinator, MSU Center for Research on Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND).
  • Andrea Amalfitano, Dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Sarah Douglas, MSU College of Social Science
  • Chris Durrance, filmmaker, Ark Media
  • Joanna Lofton, Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAM)

RSVP HERE to join the screening and conversation around "The Gene: An Intimate History" from the comfort and safety of your home.

Presented by

  • WKAR Public Media
  • MSU Center for Research on Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Autism Alliance of Michigan

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A NEW KIND OF VIRTUAL EVENT - OVEE
This film screening and conversation is a virtual event hosted by WKAR on the OVEE platform. OVEE stands for Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.

Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

First-time registrants will create a free OVEE account and will be asked to provide their birthdate to verify their age as 13 or older. Accounts can be anonymous.

If you have questions about this event or the OVEE platform, please send an email to events@wkar.org