The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

One Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 p.m. November 7 | Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Limited Enrollment

Andrew Solomon, novelist and contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times, will discuss his highly acclaimed new book, The Noonday Demon. It is an inquiry into depression with reference to his own debilitating illness, that of fellow sufferers, and the history, chemistry, and treatment of depression, which he describes as "emotional pain that forces itself on us against our will, and then travels free of the externals." Solomon notes the inadequacy of treatment for adolescents and elders, whose depressions are complicated by organic changes. The author dispels the notion that depression is primarily a Western, middle-class illness, exploring its roots and treatments in other cultures; and he concludes that depression has enabled him and others to grow in unexpected ways: to be more tolerant, more confident, and more loving.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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