Dr. Karl Pillemer
Family estrangements affect more than 65 million Americans, often with devastating consequences. Why do these rifts arise? How can we overcome them? Join this live, virtual talk by Karl Pillemer, PhD. This presentation combines science-based repair tools with Karl’s study of the experiences of over 100 people who have mended family rifts. Dr. Pillemer will explore connections between his research and spiritual
themes of estrangement, forgiveness, and reconciliation. St. Augustine wisely wrote: “Peace in society depends on peace in the family.” Pillemer discusses how practicing the discipline of reconciliation falls in the Christian tradition of reconciliation, helping us to create harmony in our own families while growing as human beings.
Dr. Karl Pillemer is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology at the Weill Cornell Medical College. The work upon which this talk is based was recently published in his book, Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them (Avery, 2020). He also created the Cornell Legacy Project, dedicated to finding out what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.