The Global Family Reunion

Saturday, Jun. 6, 2015

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368

AJ Jacobs, 47, lives in New York City and is a well-known journalist, author, editor and lecturer. He saw an opportunity to raise money for Alzheimer’s research by creating the first-ever “Global Family Reunion,” an initiative based on the notion that we are all connected in some way and all distant cousins. The event, to be held on June 6, 2015 at the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, will be a fun-filled day of entertainment to support both the Alzheimer’s Association’s New York City Chapter and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF).

Jacobs’ grandfather suffered from Alzheimer’s, and Jacobs saw first-hand how devastating the disease is. “Our stories and memories form the core of family relationships. If we lose those, we lose what’s most important.” That’s why he wanted a portion of the proceeds from the event to go to CAF. “I was blown away by their approach. I love the idea of applying venture capital thinking to investing in research. And the list of scientists on their team is truly astounding.”

The program will include several talks on the disease as well as an awards ceremony for the people who raise the most money for Alzheimer’s research. Jonatha Brooke will perform excerpts from her one-woman show about Alzheimer’s, My Mother Has 4 Noses. And CAF will have booths at the reunion to educate people about the disease.

“I’d encourage all my ‘cousins’ to come,” said Jacobs. “There will be great speakers, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cass Sunstein and Morgan Spurlock, comedy from the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, and Sister Sledge will perform ‘We Are Family’ live. There will be activities for all ages, including scavenger hunts, games, contests and food from around the world.”

Early-bird tickets are already on sale for $25 per person at Get your ticket today! 


Read A.J. Jacobs' New York Times piece about the inception of the project

Jacobs' TED Talk

People Magazine article

Event hero: 

A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is a bestselling author and the founder of the Global Family Reunion, an event inspired by Jacobs' discovery of online genealogy services and his own countless connections to strangers across the globe.