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Virtual FAN Event with Mary Pipher is on December 12

December 6, 2023  8:00pm CT


Mary Pipher, Ph.D. and Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D.
Mary Pipher, Ph.D. and Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D.
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“A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence,” a conversation between Mary Pipher, Ph.D. and Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D, will be held on Tuesday, December 12, beginning at 7:00pm via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.


Mary Pipher, Ph.D. has been seen as the “cultural therapist” of a generation, and with good reason. Her work has addressed a wide range of issues, from environmental concerns to the struggles of refugees. But she is perhaps best known for her work focusing on women. From her #1 New York Times bestseller, Reviving Ophelia, which helped explain the unique challenges faced by adolescent girls, to her most recent New York Times bestseller, Women Rowing North, which explores the experiences faced by women as they grow older, Pipher has been a source of comfort and strength for women at all stages of life.


Pipher’s new memoir in essays, A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence, offers wisdom, hope, and insight into loss and change. Drawing from her own experiences and expertise as a psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effect of our culture on our mental health, she looks inward in A Life in Light to what shaped her as a woman, one who has experienced darkness throughout her life but was always drawn to the light. “Resilience is the ability to find light in dark times,” offers Pipher. “We build it by our attitudes, efforts, and coping skills. All our lives we face crises that require us to grow. Struggle defines and builds us.”


Pipher will be in conversation with Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. (FAN ’21), chief clinical officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program, a licensed clinical psychologist and a family therapist who abides by the scientist-practitioner model. Dr. Burgoyne has more than 30 years of experience providing direct service to clients, and more than 20 years training, leading, and learning alongside her fellow clinicians.


The December 12 event will be recorded and available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, including a list of sponsors for the event, visit the Family Action Network website.