Pearl Duncan is not only the first African American, but also the first American, to use DNA to trace her ancestors from one continent to two other continents. She will be the speaker at ASU Mountain Home's spring Gaston Lecture scheduled for Feb. 4. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Gaston Lobby located on the second floor of Roller Hall.
Duncan's book, "DNA Dawns Bringing Daylight," the story of how she traced her ancestors, is being published this spring. Duncan has authored and contributed to other books. She has also written articles about trans-Atlantic yacht races, travel, and other sports adventures for periodicals such as Sailing, Sail, Yacht/Racing, Cruising, Billboard, Record Worlds, Essence, Black Enterprise and many others.
An ex-literature professor who has taught at Rutgers University -- Newark, the College of New Rochelle, The College for Human Services, and Jersey City State College, she was educated at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in humanities and social sciences, and at Newton College of the Sacred Heart Graduate School in Massachusetts in education. She has been an author of short stories and articles since she was a student in high school in Harlem.
The Gaston Lecture Series is endowed by Jim and Jill Gaston. There is no admission charge and the lecture is open to the public. For additional information call the ASUMH Development Office at 870-508-6105.