"Far From the Tree" author Andrew Solomon to speak at Lesley University
Presented by Lesley University
February 25, 2013
Lesley University welcomes National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon to Lesley’s Conversations series for a lecture titled, “Far From the Tree: Implications of Ameliorating Child Homelessness.”
The conversation is part of Lesley University’s Child Homelessness Initiative (CHI), which is a comprehensive project that aims to facilitate a national conversation on child homelessness and advances Lesley’s curriculum and learning opportunities to address the rising number of children and families in the United States grappling with chronic and episodic homelessness.
Solomon is an activist in mental health, education, the arts, and LGBT rights. His highly-acclaimed most recent book is “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” which illustrates the universal experience of differences within families through stories about families coping with a variety of circumstances.
Solomon’s book, “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
“Solomon’s scholarship opens wide the door for discourse about how children and families beat long odds,” said Dr. Mary Coleman, Dean of Lesley’s College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and a primary facilitator of Lesley’s CHI. “His lecture will offer Lesley University graduates – next generation teachers, policy advocates, therapists, and child care providers – a trauma-informed asset model that enables practices and policies consistent with maximizing infant and toddler health, happiness, and wellbeing to help secure their protection from injury and insult, and to advance their educational opportunities and citizenship.”
Free and open to the public, Solomon will speak on February 25 at 12 p.m., followed by a Q&A session, reception and book signing. The talk will be held in Marran Theater on Lesley’s Doble Campus, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge, Mass.
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