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When:

December 2, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Where:

Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Ruth S. Harley University Center
 
 
Tagged: Adelphi University, Garden City

Andrew Solomon: “Far From the Tree”

Event, Cultural Event, Lecture Series


Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. In his books and essays he explores the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity. In 2001 he 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 worldwide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. The New York Times described The Noonday Demon as “All-encompassing, brave, deeply humane…a book of remarkable depth, breadth and vitality…open-minded, critically informed and poetic all at the same time…fearless and full of compassion.” 

His newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, was released in November of 2012 and is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew spent ten years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes! President Bill Clinton has called the book “remarkable” and Vanity Fair said “Andrew Solomon’s empathy, heart, and vast intelligence are in abundance in Far from the Tree.” 

A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Andrew Solomon graduated from the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City cum laude and from Yale University magna cum laude. He also attended Jesus College in Cambridge where he received the top first-class degree, the only foreign student to ever be so-honored. 

Beyond his writing Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and serves on the board of directors for many national organizations. 

He lives with his husband and young son in New York and London.