Join internationally acclaimed author Andrew Solomon for an insightful session followed by a short Q/A. Solomon’s bestselling book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, showcases parents and families who have children with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, and others in powerful and inspiring ways. Earlier this year the book was adapted into a hit documentary film, which shines a bright light not just on these different families, but also portrays a universal vision and offers a map for all of us to discover the wonder and humanity of others. Solomon’s work addresses the universal challenges and joys of parenting - and the bond that unites us all - love and compassion.
Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and President of PEN American Center.
Solomon’s book, the best-selling Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree has received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
A native New Yorker, Andrew Solomon attended the Horace Mann School, graduating cum laude in 1981. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University in 1985, graduating magna cum laude, and later earned a Master’s degree in English at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Solomon has made numerous appearances on television and radio, and is frequently called upon by the media for commentary on mental health, family, and disability issues.