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.



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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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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