Date & Time
A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Soledad O’Brien & Allison Gilbert
Moderated by Ralph White
Taking intentional steps to remember those of our loved ones who are no longer with us is essential to healing our grief, building our resilience, and empowering our positive action in the world.
This extraordinary evening brings together three world renowned communicators: Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., creator of such seminal programs as “Finding Your Roots” and “Black America Since MLK”; former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien; and Emmy Award-winning journalist Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, as they share their experiences and insights about how embracing our roots, family histories and feelings of loss can create unparalleled opportunities for self-awareness, personal growth and creative fulfilment.
It is their belief that the more you honor your family and friends who have passed, the more likely you are to reach your fullest potential in the present.
AN EVENING EVENT & BOOKSIGNING
Monday, May 1, 7pm
Members: $32 / Nonmembers: $39
(Ticket includes copy of the book Passed & Present by Allison Gilbert)
New York Open Center
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African/African-American Research at Harvard, and an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, journalist and critic, has authored 21 books and created 15 documentary films, including Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS.
Soledad O’Brien, a well-known broadcast journalist and former CNN anchor of “Starting Point,” serves as chair of Starfish Media Group, a media production company. She produces CNN and HBO documentaries and serves on the board of the Foundation for the National Archives.
Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, her stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center and currently serves as Senior Fellow and Conference Director. Since the Open Center’s inception in 1984 he has created hundreds of programs across the spectrum of holistic learning. In particular, he directs the Esoteric Quest conferences in Europe www.esotericquest.org the Western Tradition that have now continued for twenty years, and the Art of Dying conferences www.artofdying.org that address the emergence of a more holistic understanding of death in contemporary America. From 1995 to 2001 he edited Lapis Magazine, winner of the Alternative Press Award 2000 from Utne Reader. He has been a seminal presence in the development of the global network of holistic centers www.centersgathering.org. A writer and speaker, he is the author of the memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning, to be published by Divine Arts.