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2013-2014 Learning for Life Speakers' Series

Each year, Hathaway Brown is proud to present the Learning for Life Speakers' Series, which brings some of the most innovative thinkers to campus to share their insights. All events are free and open to the public. 

2/26: Mary Joe Fernandez10/8: Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair 2012-2013 Learning for Life Speakers' Series Archive

February 26, 2014: Mary Joe Fernandez

Please join us on February 26 for the final presentation in the 
2013-2014 Learning for Life Speakers’ Series at HB


Members of the general public are invited to hear tennis champion, ESPN and CBS analyst, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Joe Fernandez at Hathaway Brown School on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, for the final Learning for Life Speakers' Series presentation for the 2013-2014 school year. The program is presented by the Hathaway Brown Parent Association. 

Fernandez will briefly discuss the value of competition, the benefits of sports participation, her career in sports and sports commentary, and what it's like to be a working parent before she opens the floor to questions. 

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on February 26 in The Ahuja Auditorium at Hathaway Brown School, 19600 North Park Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Street parking is available. Click here to to sign up now. For additional information, email kosborne@hb.edu.

A former professional tennis player, Mary Joe Fernandez serves as an analyst on tennis events for ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, she enjoyed a successful career on the WTA Tour, with seven career singles titles, 17 in doubles, and being ranked as high as #4 in the world.

Fernandez first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player, winning four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, at age 14 years and 8 days, Fernandez became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open. The following year, Fernandez turned professional. Before she retired in 2000, she compiled a 437-203 record. In doubles, she was 344-141.

She appeared in a Grand Slam final three times – Australian Open (1990 & 1992) and French Open (1993). She also enjoyed success in doubles, winning two Grand Slam events (1996 French Open with Lindsay Davenport and the 1991 Australian Open with Patty Fendick) and 19 WTA doubles titles. In addition, she and Gigi Fernandez (no relation) won the Gold Medal in Doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She won the Bronze in singles in 1992 and was a member of the winning United States’ 1996 Fed Cup squad. In December 2007, she was named Coach of the U.S. Fed Cup team, and was elevated to Captain in 2009. Fernandez also coached the Women’s US Olympic team in 2012.

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 October 8, 2013: Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

Members of the general public are invited to hear clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair speak about her latest book, The Big Disconnect (on sale August 13). Books will be available for purchase on the evening of Dr. Steiner-Adair's presentation, and a book signing will follow her talk. 

"In her insightful and compelling new book, Catherine Steiner-Adair reveals how technology and the Internet are fragmenting American families, leaving parents confused and children lonely. Put down your smartphone and read this book! The Big Disconnect will show you how to protect your family from the most corrosive effects of the digital age."
- Michael Thompson, PhD, co-author of Raising Cain and author of Homesick and Happy


"Technology is changing our world and the world of our children at a blistering pace. Every parent struggles with the benefits and limitations of a perpetually plugged in lifestyle. Something doesn't feel quite right and Catherine Steiner-Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket. She is a worthy guide, not simply pointing out stumbling blocks, but helping us find our way around them. A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children."
- Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege

"A riveting, hugely important book that every parent will want to read. Filled with gripping anecdotes taken from true life, this book sounds an alarm we all must hearken to if we care about our children--and ourselves. Steiner-Adair shows how we're losing the human connections that are vital to everything that matters in family life, and life in general. But she also shows how easily we can get them back, if we will but commit to doing so. A great book, rooted in massive research, told in vivid, charming, unforgettable narrative, conveying a message of the utmost relevance today."
- Edward M. Hallowell, MD, Author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness


Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. In her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media are putting our children at risk at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, she shares real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life, and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological risks and fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.

A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Steiner-Adair's warmth, humor, and compassionate understanding of children and the adults who care about them makes for an extremely compelling presentation. Her ability to weave research and real stories leaves her audiences enlightened and emotionally equipped with new strategies to handle parenting in the digital age. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives. She gives her audiences the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.

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