Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Finding Your Roots' Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Finding Your Roots' Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Dr. Henry Louis Gates is host of PBS' Finding Your Roots and will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018.
The following is a press release from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (9 January 2018)--RootsTech is pleased to announce Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018 on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Dr. Gates is perhaps best known in genealogy circles for his current role as the host of Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS, now in its 4thseason. The series combines traditional genealogical paper research with genetic Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA to discover the family history of well-known Americans.

Gates has been engaged in genealogical and anthropological studies for most of his career. Prior to Finding Your Roots, he hosted and co-produced African American Lives 1 and 2, using genealogy and DNA to document the lineage of more than a dozen African Americans and hosted Faces of America, a four-part series examining the genealogy of 12 North Americans of diverse ancestry—also for PBS.

As an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, he has created 18 documentary films. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University (first titled the W.E.B Institute for African and African American research)—a position he has held since he arrived at Harvard in 1991. During his first 15 years on campus, he chaired the Department of Afro-American Studies as it expanded into the Department of African and African American Studies with a full-fledged doctoral program.

He has authored or co-authored 22 books and is also hailed as a literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. Professor Gates serves as chairman of TheRoot.com, a daily online magazine and chair of the Creative Board of FUSION TV. He also oversees the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource on the topic and, through a funding grant, has developed a Finding Your Roots curriculum to teach science through genetics and genealogy.

Gates received his B.A. in English language and literature summa cum laude, from Yale University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 1979. Since then he has received 55 honorary degrees and numerous prizes. In 1981 Dr. Gates was a member of the first class awarded “genius grants” by the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, he became the first African American scholar awarded the National Humanities medal. He was named to Time’s 25 Most Influential Americans list in 1997, Ebony’s Power 150 list in 2009, and the magazine’s Power 100 list in 2010 and 2012.

He is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Aspen Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of America, and the Brookings Institution. In 2017, the Organization of American States named Gates a Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of People of African Descent in the Americas.

For more information, or to register, go to RootsTech.org

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About RootsTech


RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

And The Winner of the Free RootsTech 2018 4-Day Pass Is...


First of all, before I announce the winner of the FREE RootsTech 2018 4-Day Pass, I want to thank everyone who entered my contest. There were 106 entries! Wow!

The winner was chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. So, here we go. Drumroll please....

The winner of the FREE RootsTech 2018 4-Day Pass is... Lise Harding!

Congratulations Lise! You are the winner of a FREE RootsTech 2018 4-Day Pass!

I will be emailing you a certificate with instructions on how to redeem your 4-day Pass.

Thanks again to everyone who entered my contest! There are still other contests running for a chance to win a 4-Day Pass to RootsTech 2018. Just click on the Conference Keeper site's link below to see a list of the contests. But hurry. These contests end on November 30th.

Conference Keeper Contests

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Enter to Win a Free 4-Day Pass to RootsTech 2018


How would you like to attend RoostTech 2018 for free? Yep. That's right. I said FREE.

What is RootsTech you ask? It's the world's largest family history technology conference. And it's super fun and exciting! Imagine spending four days with people who share your passion for family history.


As a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador, I have the awesome opportunity to give away a FREE 4-day pass to RootsTech 2018!

This free 4-day pass ($279 value) includes the following:


What this free 4-day pass does not include: Airfare, meals, hotel, luncheon events, paid workshops, or other expenses.

You say you've already purchased a RootsTech pass? No problem! If the winner has already purchased a RootsTech 2018 pass, they will get a full refund. How cool is that!?

The winner will receive a certificate with instructions on how to redeem their 4-day pass.

RootsTech 2018 is being held February 28 - March 3, 2018 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and will be announced on November 28, 2017. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Genealogy Fab Finds on Hiatus


As you probably have noticed, I haven't been posting my weekly Genealogy Fab Finds for some time now. Life has gotten pretty busy around here, especially lately.

So, this post is to let you know that Genealogy Fab Finds is on hiatus until further notice. Thank you so much for reading my Fab Finds posts in the past. They have been some of my most-read posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Humans of New York Brandon Stanton to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York, to keynote RootsTech 2018
I received the following press release from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (25 October 2017), RootsTech is delighted to announce that Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018, on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Stanton is a world renowned photographer and storyteller. He is recognized for his incredible talent of telling the story of everyday people he photographs, helping them feel important. At RootsTech 2018, Stanton will share his story, motivations, and some of the messages that his camera has captured in his quest to find the stories that drive the lives of the people of our world. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

In 2010, Stanton was laid off as a bond trader in Chicago. Undaunted, he bought a camera and set out to create a photographic census of 10,000 everyday people on the streets of New York. He published his initial work on his website, Humans of New York, and then added quotes of his subjects to create short, heartfelt, personal glimpses from their lives. His efforts were noticed—gaining over 20 million fans across TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stanton’s work beautifully illustrates that every life has a story—an important story. He masters the art of visually telling each person’s story, which he now conveys in his popular new weekly Facebook series for a TV show called Humans of New York: The Series. Some messages are sweet, some surprising, some sad, and many contain homespun nuggets of insights that people have found in the chronicles of their lives.

Since his journey began in 2010, Stanton and his camera have roamed the streets of New York and through more than 20 different countries, including the streets of some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions. The storytelling power of his social media sites have provided a platform to raise money to help change the situations of thousands of people in difficult circumstances.

Stanton is also the author of two books that catapulted to number one on the New York Times Bestsellers list: Humans of New York (2013), and Humans of New York: Stories (2015). His Children’s book, Little Humans (2014), a 40-page photographic picture book, was featured on the New York Times Children’s book bestseller list.

Learn more about Brian Stanton’s RootsTech 2018 appearance or his Humans of New York website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

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About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

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