20 August 2010

Area Event: Lisa Kudrow to Speak at Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles

This is an announcement that we're passing along from our good friends at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles:

Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30PM 
Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium
Free to JGSLA members, guests $5.

An evening with Lisa Kudrow
and the researchers and producers of 
"Who Do You Think You Are?" 
the popular NBC documentary-style reality show 
with a genealogical and historical focus

Lisa will introduce her episode, in which she uncovers a family story dating back to the Holocaust in Belarus.  After the screening she, and the production staff will discuss the particulars of this episode, the impetus for making the series, how the selection process works, and the perils and pitfalls of researching celebrity family histories. 

Kudrow was the first to shoot her installment over two years ago; and despite the existence of a 46 page family tree her father created, she discovered many surprising discoveries about her ancestors.  

Kudrow describes the show as exploring intimate details with a very personalized aspect compared to what we read about historical events in textbooks.  Genealogical research as a way to make history come alive is one of the hallmarks of WDYTYA, which started on the BBC over seven years ago.  She believes our pasts should be intriguing and inviting.  Bring your questions for a lively, interactive panel discussion following the presentation.

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