"Who Am I?" A Conversation About Identity, Donor Conception, & Family
The virtual discussion is free and open to the public. To attend, please register in advance.
Donor conception and the increased access to family history through home DNA testing raise questions that are relevant to everyone: What makes me me? What is a family? Is it important to know your genetic lineage? The Webinar, which takes place during Family History Month, will cover these questions as well as engage with questions submitted by attendees to the virtual discussion.
The Webinar will bring together a group of people with expertise – academic and personal – on the topic of donor conception and the social and ethical issues that surround it:
Libby Copeland is an award-winning freelance journalist and author, who writes about culture, science, and human behavior. A former reporter and editor at The Washington Post for 11 years, she is the author of the acclaimed book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, (Abrams Press, 2020; paperback edition, 2021).
Daniel Groll is Director of Ethical Inquiry at Carleton College and an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Conceiving People: Genetic Knowledge and the Ethics of Sperm and Egg Donation (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Anya Steinberg is one of two grand prize winners in the 2021 collegiate edition of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Her winning audio story, in which she documented her journey to learn all she could about her “donor dad,” is titled “He's Just 23 Chromosomes.” She is now an interim producer at NPR-affiliated KNKX, the Seattle-based public radio station.