Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion of THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY


Ken Burns presents THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY  developed with Ken Burns, Barak Goodman, and Dr. Siddhardtha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the documentary is based. The series uses science, social history and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease, and behavior. The documentary is a journey key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science.


PBS Books is partnering with DPTV, WETA, and libraries throughout Southeast Michigan to offer a Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion of THE GENE: An Intimate History on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7pm.  The evening will feature a panel discussion with experts Dr. Howard Markel from the University of Michigan, Dr. Stanley Perlman from the University of Iowa, and filmmaker Chris Durrance. Current partnering libraries include: Lyon Township Public Library, Novi Public Library, Riverview Veterans Memorial Library, Royal Oak Public Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library, Troy Public Library, and Veterans Memorial Library. In addition, PBS Books is partnering with WCMU to offer the virtual screening to Traverse District Area Library.  The evening will explore the various themes discussed in THE GENE, as well as the experts’ thoughts about how viruses like COVID-19 effect genes.


The special screening and panel discussion with PBS Book partners et al will occur on OVEE, registration is required and you will need to make an OVEE account to view as well.

Registration instructions available here.


Please register HERE.


To see the series in its entirety, Ken Burns presents THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY will premiere on DPTV on Tuesday, April 7 and April 14 at 8:00pm, as a two-part, four hour limited series on your local PBS Station DPTV.  It will also be available on the PBS Video App.