Union League Club of Chicago Author's Group Presents: Meg Jay, PhD.
Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience
Clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade, Meg Jay takes us into the world of the supernormal: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity. Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; neglect; emotional, physical or sexual abuse; having a parent in jail; or growing up alongside domestic violence, nearly 75% of us experience adversity by the age of 20. But these experiences are often kept secret, as are our courageous battles to overcome them.
Drawing on nearly two decades of work with clients and students, Jay tells the tale of ordinary people made extraordinary by these all-too-common experiences, everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, activists, teachers, students and readers. She gives a voice to the supernormals among us as they reveal not only "How do they do it?" but also "How does it feel?"
These powerful stories, and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z, will show supernormals they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company.
Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, and on NPR, the BBC and TED. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. reception followed by lunch and the program at noon. The price is $45 per person. If you or your guests have any dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, food allergies, and gluten free) please contact Club Services at the Union League Club of Chicago at (800) 443-0578 or ClubServices@ulcc.org.
Books for signing will be available for purchase on site from The Book Stall.
Please respect the Union League Club’s dress code policy which requires business appropriate attire for this event. No denim allowed. Guests not adhering to the dress code can be turned away from the event.
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