Home / Events / Jeff Wheelwright to Keynote Crypto-Judaic Conference in June
University of Colorado Boulder Program in Jewish Studies

Jeff Wheelwright to Keynote Crypto-Judaic Conference in June

Celebrated author/journalist Jeff Wheelwright will be the keynote speaker at the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies’ annual conference, June 30 – July 2 in Greenwood Village. Wheelwright takes us back to a pivotal time when genetic research, especially here in Colorado, was beginning to add to the rising awareness of the Iberian-Jewish heritage of the greater Southwest.


Author/journalist Jeff Wheelwright

A graduate of Yale (1969) and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (1971), Wheelwright worked in public television and as an editor for the monthly “Life” magazine. Over time, the study of history and religion liberated him from science writing, a previous focus.

His first two books, “Degrees of Disaster,” about the ExxonValdez oil spill (1994), and “The Irritable Heart,” about the Persian Gulf War illnesses (2001), brought national acclaim. The latter was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Then he turned to human genetics for his next topic because of interest sparked by the Human Genome Project. His third book was about a breast-cancer mutation characteristic of Jews that came to light in a population of Catholic Hispanos in New Mexico and the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The mutation proves that its carriers have Jewish ancestry, at least in part. In 2008 he published an article, “The Secret of the San Luis Valley,” in Smithsonian, and in 2009 was awarded a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship to support the writing of the book, “The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA,” published in 2012 by W.W. Norton.

More information about the conference can be found at www.cryptojews.com or by emailing scjsconference@gmail.com.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep

About Staff

They call me "NewsHound III," because I'm a smart Cookie, sniffing out stories all over the Boulder area. I love Jewish holidays because the food is GREAT, especially the brisket. Well all the food. I was adopted from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and have many friends there also looking for homes.

Check Also

Nevei Kodesh Hosts Ancestral Healing Workshop with Elsa Asher

On September 21st Elsa Asher will be at Nevei Kodesh teaching an Ancestral Healing Workshop. This daylong workshop encourages relating with blood and family lineage ancestors, cultivates connection with guides, and creates boundaries and support for troubled dead.

This Week for CU’s Jewish Buffs – 9/9

Here are this week's activities for CU Boulder's Jewish student community.