Your Turn: How to Be an Adult
Date and Time:
Apr 22 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author, "How to Raise an Adult" and "Real American"

Gia Clarke

Founding member of the Honors BIPOC Coalition, Loyola University Chicago

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

Adolescence | Advice | Career | Character | Culture | Empathy | Family | Identity | Well Being

Five years ago, Julie Lythcott-Haims exploded onto the market with her New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult, addressing the ways in which over-parenting robs our children of agency and resilience. Her TED Talk on the subject has more than 5 million views, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. Now, with the publication of her hotly anticipated new book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, Ms. Lythcott-Haims shifts her sights to those kids, now 18 to 35 years old, about whose unreadiness for adulthood much has been spoken, reported, and memed over the last ten years. Here, with a lens of humility and curiosity on this generation, she offers a compassionate and personal account of what it means to be a grown-up today.

In the twentieth century, psychologists came up with five markers of adulthood: finish your education, get a job, leave home, marry, and have children. Early adulthood for members of the Millennial and Gen Z generations looks a lot different. Those old markers are choices – valid choices – but any one person’s choices along those lines do not make them more or less an adult. In Your Turn, Ms. Lythcott-Haims argues that being an adult is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process, one you can get progressively better at over time. Once you begin to practice it, being an adult becomes the most complicated yet also the most abundantly rewarding and natural thing.

Notably, Ms. Lythcott-Haims crafted a text that imagines all readers, incorporating perspectives of people whom in the aggregate reflect the rich diversity of our human community, intentionally bringing those who have been kept in the margins onto the center of the page.

Ms. Lythcott Haims will be in conversation with Gia Clarke, an honors student at Loyola University Chicago majoring in advertising/public relations and anthropology. A 2019 graduate of Evanston Township High School, Ms. Clarke is a founding member and marketing co-chair of the Honors BIPOC Coalition, an organization dedicated to diversifying the Honors Program at LUC.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.


BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Your Turn from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Lythcott-Haims and Ms. Clarke that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.