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How Parents Make Their Children

Andrew Solomon, acclaimed author and lecturer, speaks at the U Monday, Nov. 4, for the Tanner Lecture on Human Values.

Oct. 29, 2013 — 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,” Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., University of Utah Olpin Union Ballroom.

Sponsored by the Tanner Humanities Center, Solomon will offer a perspective about meaning drawn from adversity and the functions it serves. In this lecture, Solomon draws 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. This 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 critically acclaimed author, lecturer and 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 LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts.

Solomon 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.

About the Tanner Lecture on Human Values

The Tanner Lecture on Human Values is a distinguished series that instigates educational and scientific discussions relating to human values. The lectures are held annually at the University of Utah, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Michigan, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.