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Andrew Solomon: Far from the tree

Thursday, August 14, 2014

“There’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being” for having read Andrew Solomon’s latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, writes The New York Times. Now Erie residents can hear this gifted author and activist in person when he opens the Tanner Speaker Series* at Mercyhurst University on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Mary D’ Angelo Performing Arts Center. All are invited to enjoy “Andrew Solomon: Far From The Tree” free of charge.

In his books and essays, Solomon explores the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity. In Far From the Tree, he explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love.

Solomon spent 10 years researching the book, which has earned multiple accolades, among them the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and Yale University Research Advocacy Award.

In 2001, Solomon received the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was a world-wide bestseller published in more than 20 languages.

A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Solomon has lectured on an extensive range of topics at Harvard, Yale and MIT and is a frequent lecturer in psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College.

He graduated from the Horace Mann School in New York City cum laude and from Yale University magna cum laude. He holds a doctorate in psychology from Jesus College in Cambridge where he also received the top first-class degree, the only foreign student to ever be so honored. Beyond his writing Solomon is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights), mental health education and the arts. He is founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University.

*This event is being gifted in memory of Charlene M. Tanner by her loving partner, Doris Cipolla. Because of their shared interests in social justice, peace and the environment, it is hoped that this program will inspire others to help create a healing environment for the world.