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When: Friday, November 22, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
The Oscillating Narrative and Resilience in Children
Guests: Robyn Fivush and Bruce Feiler

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We continually create, annotate and revise the narratives of our lives. Robyn Fivush and Bruce Feiler are preeminent thought leaders and writers who have deep insights on how the shape of our narratives influences us, our children and our communities.

Robyn Fivush, PhD, is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory Universityand Director of the Family Narratives Lab, which is part of the university's Child Studies Center. Dr.Fivush has researched how family narratives are created, and how they help define who we are and how we interact with other people. Dr.Fivush received her PhD from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 1983 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Human Information Processing, University of California at San Diego. She joined the Emory faculty in 1984 where she is associated faculty with the Department of Women's Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Her research focuses on early memory with an emphasis on the social construction of autobiographical memory and the relations among memory, narrative, identity, trauma, and coping. She has published over 100 books, book chapters, and articles.

Bruce Feileris one of America's most thoughtful, popular, and versatile voices on contemporary life. Hislatestbook, The Secrets of Happy Families, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for modern-day parents from some of the country's most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, the creators of Modern Family, the Green Berets, and Robyn Fivush and her colleagues at Emory. The book was a Top 5 New York Times bestseller. He writes the "This Life” column about today's families for the Sunday New York Times and is the writer/presenter of the PBS series "Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming "Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.” He is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, an account of his perilous 10,000 mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. He has devoted thought and research to the role of religion in contemporary life, and his engaging book Abrahamdescribes his personal search for the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims. His bookWhere God Was Borndescribes his year-long trek visiting Biblical sites through the front lines of Iran, Iraq and Israel, inspiring an Atlanta Journal Constitution reviewer to call him a "real life Indiana Jones.” America's Prophet, which describes the influence of Moses on American history, and Council of Dadswere also best sellers. He is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their twin daughters.



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