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Karyn Traut, M.F.A.
Karyn Traut, a playwright, is artistic director for the non–profit, professional, Perihelion Theater Company and Productions. She is a former adjunct assistant professor of UNC's Department of Social Medicine. She was a consultant to the Thomas Jefferson Scholars' Commission which reevaluated the interpretation of DNA data published in 1998.
With the renewed interest in Jefferson's alleged affair with Sally Hemings, Traut brings a unique perspective
from her model derived in 1986 while researching her play Saturday's Children. She found that Randolph Jefferson, Thomas' brother, was the more likely candidate for father of Hemings' children.
· Thomas Jefferson: Brother's Keeper
"One day I asked my self: 'What if everyone were telling the truth? What if Sally Hemings had told her sons that Jefferson was their father? No one called him "Thomas Jefferson." Everyone called him "Mr. Jefferson." Suddenly everything fit because there were two Mr. Jeffersons.' "