FAN Events May 11-13, 2016

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”FAN
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.2013 MacArthur Fellow Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania Author, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
12:00 PM Loyola University Chicago School of Law Corboy Law Center, Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611 Space is limited, RSVP Required Here!

3:30 PM Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

7:00 PM New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093 Free and open to the public.

These events will NOT be videotaped. Suitable for ages 12+

Family Action Network (FAN) celebrates the return of one of its most-acclaimed speakers, Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., upon the publication of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, her first book. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, with Dave Levin, co-founder of the KIPP schools, and Dominic Randolph, Head of Riverdale Country School in New York City, Dr. Duckworth co-founded The C h a r a c t e r L a b , a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development in children. An expert in non-I.Q. competencies, she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to her career in research, Dr. Duckworth taught children math and science and was the co-founder of a summer school for low-income children that won the Better Government Award from the state of Massachusetts. She completed her B.A. in neurobiology at Harvard, her M.Sc. in neuroscience at Oxford, and her Ph.D. in psychology at Penn.“The Power of Storytelling and the Importance of Identity”
Sherman Alexie National Book Award-winning author, poet and filmmaker Author, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the upcoming children’s picture book, Thunder Boy, Jr.

Friday, May 13, 2016 7:00 PM North Shore Country Day School Auditorium, 310 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, IL 60093Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Heningway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a preeminent Native American poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 25 books, including his brand-new first picture book, Thunder Boy, Jr., and a young adult novel, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian; a book of poetry, What I’ve Earned, and his classic stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservation Blues. “Smoke Signals,” the movie he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. An acclaimed performer of his own work, Mr. Alexie held the World Heavyweight Poetry title for four years. He continues to perform many of his poems at poetry slams, festivals, and other venues, and has received praise for the energy and emotion he brings to his work.

A Spokane/Couer d’Alene tribal member, Mr. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Willpinit, Washington. He is best known for his exploration of Native American culture throughout the body of his work. A recurring theme in his work is the search for identity. In Thunder Boy, Jr., he celebrates the special relationship between father and son in this story of a young boy trying to discover what his Indian name should be. Like his protagonist, Mr. Alexie was named for his father. He states, “When you talk about the Native American search for identity, it’s almost always a story about loss and pain. I wanted to write a picture book in which a kid goes on a search for identity in the context of a lovely family.”
Mr. Alexie attended Gonzaga University and graduated from Washington State University. He is one of the most frequently banned authors in America, but he is also one of the most celebrated. The New Yorker named Mr. Alexie as on of the top 20 writers for the 21st century. Time magazine named The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the best young adult book of all time.
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