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Past Event

Ethical and Spiritual Impacts of Learning Family Secrets

Be careful what you wish for. Bill Griffeth thought a DNA test would be a fun way to expand his genealogy hobby. Instead of learning interesting information about his ancestry, he made a shocking discovery that led to many ethical and spiritual dilemmas.

Griffeth’s experience is one of thousands of existential crisis stories that have cropped up as DNA testing has become more popular and accessible. Join our panel as they discuss the ethical and spiritual aspects of DNA testing and the family secrets it can uncover.

This program is sold out; no tickets will be sold at the door. 


In association with SV Reads, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education Technology and The Human Spirit Initiative

Griffith author photo by CNBC

February 26, 2019

Santa Clara University
Weigand Room - Arts and Sciences Building
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, 95053
United States

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Bill Griffeth

Co-Anchor, “Nightly Business Report” on CNBC; Author, The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir

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Margaret McLean, Ph.D.

Director of Bioethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

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Thomas Plante, Ph.D.

Augustin Cardinal Bea SJ Professor of Psychology, Santa Clara University; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine