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Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them
What makes family estrangement so painful? Why do these rifts arise in the first place, and how can we overcome them? Join a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks talk about Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them by Karl Pillemer, the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, professor of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and senior associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Human Ecology.

Based largely on Pillemer’s groundbreaking, ten-year Cornell Reconciliation Project—the first national survey on estrangement—Fault Lines (Avery, 2020) combines science-based repair tools with the personal experiences of hundreds of people who have mended family rifts. The result is a unique guide to healing fractured families, essential during this time of distance and isolation.

Jan 29, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally renowned family sociologist and gerontologist, his researchexamines how individuals and their families develop and change throughout their lives. Over the past five years, he has been conducting a program of research on the topic of family estrangement and reconciliation, which he will talk about in this presentation. A book was recently published from that project,Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them(Avery, 2020). Dr. Pillemer has authored five other books and over 150 scientific publications, and speaks throughout the world on family issues. Dr. Pillemer also created the Cornell Legacy Project, which is dedicated to finding out what older people know about life that the rest of us don't. This project led to two books:30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest