Seven Hills Parent Lecture Series

A long standing tradition at The Seven Hills School, the Parent Lecture Series offers educational lectures featuring renowned speakers sharing insights, advice and inspiration on current parenting and education topics. Offered to parents, educators and community leaders throughout the East Bay, the Series is held three times a year and is an extension of the School’s mission to “develop the intellect, engage the spirit and foster respect for and responsibility to our world.”

Hunt Hall Theatre
6:45pm - Dessert
7:00pm – 8:30pm - Lecture

Tickets for each individual lecture are $20/person and $10 for teachers. Seating is limited so we encourage you to register now to reserve your seat. Free childcare is provided to Seven Hills families.

Click here to read about the history of the Parent Lecture Series and to see our past speakers.

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Sponsored by The Julian Rettger Fund for Emotional Well Being at Seven Hills
Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Let Them Be Eaten by Bears

An advocate for getting kids outside as a way to find personal challenge, reflection, and peace, Peter Brown Hoffmeister will bring us wisdom from his most recent book, Let Them Be Eaten by Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors. He will offer approachable, fun ways to help parents and children rediscover the simple, powerful joy of going out to play. A teacher, guide, author and father known for his acclaimed integrated outdoor program at South Eugene High School in Oregon, Hoffmeister will inspire parents and students to turn off your video games, put on your sneakers, and get outside.

A natural extension of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods which links a “nature deficit” disorder among today’s wired generation to childhood obesity, ADHD, and technology addiction rates, Hoffmeister will provide an informative, urgent call-to-action to get back outdoors.

On November 8th, Mr. Hoffmeister will lead Seven Hills students in an excerpt from his multi-disciplinary outdoor program, which integrates literature, creative writing, adventure sports, and stewardship of the planet.


Andrew Solomon
April 23, 2014
“Far From the Tree”

Winner of the National Book Award, Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, culture, politics, and the arts. In his most recent book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Mr. Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, and children who are prodigies. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal. In Solomon’s telling, these stories are everyone’s stories.

He explores the idea that all parenting turns on two crucial questions: To what extent should parents accept their children for who they are? To what extent should they help them become their best selves? In writing Far from the Tree, Mr. Solomon spent ten years interviewing families led by parents who, having borne children quite different from themselves, have become better people in ways they could never have imagined. His book has been endorsed by Bill Clinton and Malcolm Gladwell, among many others, and his TED talk has over one million views so far.

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