Andrew Solomon
Award-Winning Author,
LGBT & Mental Health Activist

Thursday  |  October 23, 8:00-9:00am

Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN
Nurse Living Legend,
Leader in Women's Mental Health

Friday  |  October 24, 8:00-9:00am


Andrew Solomon

October 23, 8:00-9:00am

Andrew Solomon is a writer who explores the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology with extraordinary humanity. His latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, received the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. It explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental, and social disabilities and how these challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love. The New York Times chose Far From the Tree as one of the Ten Best Books of 2012, praising it as “a book everyone should read… there’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being — for having done so… a wise and beautiful book.”

In 2001, Andrew 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 world-wide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. The New York Times describes The Noonday Demon as “all-encompassing, brave, deeply humane...a book of remarkable depth, breadth and vitality...openminded, critically informed and poetic all at the same time...fearless and full of compassion.”

A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Andrew has lectured on an extensive range of topics at Harvard, Yale, and MIT, and is a frequent lecturer in psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He graduated cum laude from the Horace Mann School in New York City and magna cum laude from Yale University. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Jesus College in Cambridge where he is the only foreign student to have ever received the top first-class degree. Beyond his writing, Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for 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.


Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN

October 24, 8:00-9:00am

Dr. McBride is Distinguished Professor-University Dean Emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing. She is also a member of the Indiana University Health Board, and chairs the board’s Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. Known for her contributions to women’s health and to mental health nursing, her first book, The Growth and Development of Mothers, was recognized as one of the best of 1973 by The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing. She went on to author Living with Contradictions: A Married Feminist and How to Enjoy A Good Life with Your Teenager, which was a selection of Psychotherapy Book Review.

In recent years, Dr. McBride has focused on leadership development. Her latest book, The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders, won the 2011PROSE Award in the “Nursing and Allied Health” category. (Prose Awards are the premier awards for outstanding  scholarly publishing in the United States.) Her leadership experience includes serving as president of Sigma Theta Tau International (1987 1989) during the building of the International Center for Nursing Scholarship in Indianapolis. She has also served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council, on the advisory committee of NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, and as president of the American Academy of Nursing (1993-1995).

To pass on her leadership savvy, she designs the annual leadership conference sponsored by the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and chairs the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. She has been honored with many awards, six honorary doctorates, elected to the Institute of Medicine, and designated as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing . In 2012, she received the Indiana University’s President’s Medal for “sustained academic excellence.”