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18th Congress on Children
Fri, September 30, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
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Voices for Children of San Antonio invites local and state advocates to the
18th Congress on Children, an all-day event on improving the well being of children in our community. The 18th Congress on Children will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Whitley Theological Center on the Oblate School of Theology campus. Our guest speakers include Award Winning Author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Andrew Solomon and Internationally Bestselling Author, Barbara Coloroso. Additionally, there will be a Legislative Update and Panel discussion addressing children and family issues.
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Voices for Children of San Antonio
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San Antonio, TX 78207
Voices for Children’s 18th Congress on Children, September 30, 2016, will feature nationally recognized and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Andrew Solomon. Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and President of PEN American Center; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts.
Plenary speaker will be Barbara Coloroso, nationally recognized educational consultant and author of the bestseller, The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence.
Andrew Solomon’s most recent book, the best-selling Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner, 2012), 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 the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the J. Anthony Lukas Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Wellcome Book Prize; the Books for a Better Life Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Green Carnation Prize; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction; and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction, among others. Far from the Tree was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012, and a best book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Kirkus Reviews, TIME, and Amazon.com; it has also been named a Book of the Year by the Economist, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and BuzzFeed.
Solomon’s previous best-selling book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Scribner, 2001), won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and is included in the London Times One Hundred Best Books of the Decade. The Noonday Demon has been published in twenty-four languages. It was named a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, and was recognized with the Books for a Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City; the Mind Book of the Year; the Lambda Literary Award for Autobiography/Memoir; and Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Visions Award. Following publication of The Noonday Demon, Solomon was honored with the Dr. Albert J. Solnit Memorial Award from Fellowship Place; the Voice of Mental Health Award from the Jed Foundation and the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America); the Prism Award of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (now the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance); the Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services; the Charles T. Rubey L.O.S.S. Award from the Karla Smith Foundation; and the Silvano Arieti Award from the William Alanson White Institute. In June 2015, a second edition was published with a new chapter outlining recent developments in the science and treatment of depression.
- 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.
- From 1993 to 2001, Solomon was a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine
- Solomon’s reminiscence on a friend who committed suicide, “On an Aesthete Dying Young,” received the Folio Eddie Gold Award in 2011.
- In August 2013, Solomon was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Psychology by Jesus College, Cambridge, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies.
Videos of Solomon’s TED talks, “Love No Matter What,” “Depression: The Secret We Share,” and “How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are,” have garnered over ten millions views, with viewer-contributed subtitles translated into more than twenty-five languages. 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. His extensive biography can be found at andrewsolomon.com.
Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children.
She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications. She is the author of four international bestsellers: Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander—From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs: Winning at Parenting...without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching...without beating your kids. Barbara’s commitment is to decreasing violence and creating more deeply caring communities.
Both guests will also speak at Voices' 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner the evening before, September 29, 2016.