Andrew Solomon, author of international best-seller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger take the association between loss and depression, so acutely observed in Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia, as the starting point for a free-ranging conversation about love, loss, grief and the human condition.
Rabbi Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.
Andrew Solomon is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and also lectures in politics and the arts. A prize-winning author, his Noonday Demon - An Atlas of Depression, won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Among other awards, his latest novel, Far From the Tree, received the National Book Critics Award and the 2014 Wellcome Prize. Solomon is also an activist in LGBT rights and mental health and is the current President of PEN American Center.