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Author Andrew Solomon to lecture on family issues at University of Utah

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 11:30 a.m. MDT

Author Andrew Solomon

Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — Best-selling author and journalist Andrew Solomon will give the 2013 Tanner Lecture on Human Values titled, “Love, Acceptance, Celebration: How Parents Make Their Children,” at the University of Utah.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. in the Olpin Union Ballroom. It is sponsored by the Tanner Humanities Center.

Solomon will offer a perspective about meaning drawn from adversity and the functions it serves. The lecture will draw on his life’s work for insight, speaking about his time in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, his experience in depression and his work with families of extraordinary children. The event is free and open to the public.

“Andrew is a gifted observer of the struggles and triumphs experienced by modern families,” said Bob Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center. “His voice provides an insightful perspective on key social and psychological complexities of the human condition.”

Solomon is a regular contributor to NPR, the New York Times and many other publications. He is currently a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College and is an activist and philanthropist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; mental health; education; and the arts.

He is the author of several books, including “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” was a New York Times best-seller.

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