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Free Parenting Lecture Series (For Adults) -Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the search for Identity

  • When: Tuesday, April 2, 2019,  7:00 pm -  8:30 pm
  • Location: 117 East French Place @ McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212
  • Cost: Admission is free

Tonight, Cathy Cummins reviews Andrew Solomon’s comprehensive study of families raising children with “horizontal identities” – traits they don’t share with their parents. Solomon spent 10 years researching and writing; he interviewed more than 300 families, including the parents of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold. Solomon delves deeply into mental and physical disabilities: There are chapters on the complexity of being a prodigy, the deaf culture, dwarfism, autism and Down Syndrome. Through his research, Solomon shatters stereotypes about what it means to be disabled. His book teaches empathy, and offers insight for parents and teachers as to how we can teach children to be kind. His words make us hopeful and perhaps proud of how adaptable, resilient and loving humans can be when faced with circumstances beyond their control. The conclusion is that love can transcend every prejudice. The author has won fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award for The Noonday Demon. Participants this evening will watch excerpts from the documentary “Far from the Tree.”

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