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Andrew Solomon - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Winner

On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy: 

  • National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon
  • Editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author Scott Stossel
  • Investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel

This week, we will take a closer look at Andrew Solomon

Solomon is a native New Yorker and, as his website (andrewsolomon.com) states, “he 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.  While at Cambridge, he received the top first-class degree in English in his year, the only foreign student ever to be so-honored, as well as the University writing prize.  In August 2013, he was awarded a PhD in psychology at Jesus College, Cambridge, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, working on maternal identity under the supervision of Prof. Juliet Mitchell.”

Solomon is the author of four books:

  • The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, an intimate, thoughtful glimpse of Moscow’s and Leningrad’s artistic vanguards. 
  • A Stone Boat, which The New York Times Book Review praised as “a shimmering remembrance of things past and a meditation on love and death.” 
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of the National Book Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the 10 best books of 2012 by The New York Times.

Andrew Solomon is a writer, lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts as well as an activist in LGBT rights, mental health and the arts. 

And indeed, he is much more than a writer; beyond authoring four remarkable books and numerous articles on varied topics, Solomon has lectured widely, appeared on National Public Radio’s Moth Radio Hour and given three TED Talks with over six million views, which you can see yourself at: www.ted.com/speakers/andrew_solomon

The Austen Riggs Center is delighted to honor Andrew Solomon with the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media. 

For more information on the Media Colloquy, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/event/media-colloquy. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so pre-registration is suggested. 

 

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