Andrew Solomon has been chosen to receive the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 2018 Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award, given to an intellectual outside of the UAB academic community whose work is groundbreaking and transformational in the arts and sciences. During their time on campus, awardees give a public lecture and share their knowledge through informal meetings with students and members of the faculty.
“Dr. Solomon is a prolific writer and a clinical psychologist,” said Robert E. Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. “His fascinating lectures touch on a wide range of interests, from psychology and mental health to politics and the arts, providing many insights into the fundamental nature of human interactions. He has exhibited the courage to discuss many sensitive social issues including parent-child relationships and LGBTQ-related health and family issues. Throughout his career, he has served as the voice for many who may have felt they had no voice.”
Solomon will speak about his book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th, in UAB’s Hill Student Center Alumni Theatre. A reception will be held after the event, which is free and open to the public.
(To read the complete announcement, please visit the University of Alabama at Birmingham website.)