The brainchild of “immersion scientist” A.J. Jacobs — author of such books as Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, and The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible — this almost 10-hour event will include everything from on-the-spot genealogy lessons to lectures by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe to sack races.
Plus, Sister Sledge will lead a rendition of the group’s 1970s hit “We are Family.”
Jacobs, who contributes to NPR, has created a family tree that includes about 77 million people, which he hopes to expand on Saturday. He is convinced that all humans, whom he calls “cousins,” are related. Plus, he is sure that humans will be able to solve various hereditary diseases once they realize their interconnectedness. Thus, he will donate some of the event’s proceeds to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter.
Details: Global Family Reunion, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, June 6, 11 am to 8:30 pm, general admission $30, children under 5 free, group discounts and VIP tickets available.
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