Let's Talk About Love and Death
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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 Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was also Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will also become Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 2020. Her latest book on Antisemitism (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.
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.