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Scientists have wondered for many years why Ashkenazic Jews are disproportionally subject to certain genetic diseases.

A geneticist named Shai Carmi found a surprising answer using modern genome analysis tools. Carmi has written that in the fourteenth century the root stock of this now large population consisted of only about 350 breeding individuals. This finding can explain the disease proclivities — but it contradicts virtually all historical sources.

This talk explores how to bring history and science back together. The only credible union of the two involves some disturbing conclusions and suggests the possibility of a slow but thorough medieval genocide.

About the Speaker

Jim Stone

Jim Stone

Jim is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the Plymouth Rock group of companies. Jim. began his career by teaching economics, after earning a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. He served as Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner from 1975 to 1979 and then as Chairman and Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for four years. On his return from Washington, he founded Plymouth Rock.

He is a former member of the Board of the Boston Globe, and former Vice Chair of Global Post, an international news service. He is chairman emeritus of Management Sciences for Health, a large humanitarian non-profit. Jim is currently a Board member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and chairman of the School on the Move Panel, which awards an annual prize to the most improved Boston public school. He serves on the Finance Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jim is the author of the national bestselling book, Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2016.