The Global Family Reunion is an event conceived by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs. It will include presentations by celebrities and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food.
Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several geneaology websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. "Once we realize we're all related," he says, "we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's". He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer's Fund and the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter.
The Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs' next book and the subject of a documentary by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). Among those participating are actor Daniel Radcliffe, President George H.W. Bush and comedian Nick Kroll. The event has already been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, NPR and Good Morning America.
If you are interested in attending, please see the event website for more information.