Past Events

SCHOOL YEAR 2022-2023

Becky Munsterer Sabky
You’re Enough: How to Apply to College While Keeping Perspective

Adam ‘Smiley’ Poswolsky
Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends as an Adult

Kristin Russo
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: In Our Families, In Our Community

Wendy Sterling, Signe Darpinian & Shelley Aggarwal
Raising Body Positive Teens

Dr. Kelli Harding
The Rabbit Effect: The Ground-breaking Science of Kindness

Lisa Damour
The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

Ron Lieber
The Price You Pay For College

Ron Lieber
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Michael Bradley
Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy

Colin Seale
The Question Is the Answer: Practical Strategies to Unleash Critical Thinking at Home

Jessica Lahey
The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

Rosetta Lee
Implicit and Unconscious Bias: Bridging the Distance Between Our Professed Values and Daily Behaviors

Scott Schimmel
Critical Foundations: The Questions Every Kid Must Answer to Build a Meaningful Life

Shafia Zaloom
Creating a Foundation for a Healthy Relationship with Sexuality

SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021

Jeff Selingo
Who Gets In and Why

Marc Brackett
Permission to Feel

Michael Reichert, Ph.D.
How to Raise a Boy

Phyllis Fagell
Middle School Matters

Nicole Lee
Raising Antiracist Kids

William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson
What Do You Say?

Tina Payne Bryson
The Power of Showing Up

SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

W. Thomas Boyce, M.D.
The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive

Max Stossel
Education in the Age of Distraction

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D.
The Vaping Crisis: What Is It Doing to Our Youth?

William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson
The Self-Driven Child

Scott Hartley
The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World

Peggy Orenstein
Boys and Sex: Navigating Sex and Masculinity in Todays Hook-up Culture

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage

SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019

Film Screening
LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives.

Jeff Selingo
There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Kristin Neff Ph.D.
Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Katie Hurley L.C.S.W.
Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World

Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.
The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being

Film Screening and Discussion Panel
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Dr. Rafael Pelayo
Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success

Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Crucial Key to Wellness and Success

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018

Laura Kastner, Ph.D.
Getting College Ready: 7 Essentials for Raising Children Who Succeed

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.
Helping Our Boys in School and Life

Devorah Heitner, Ph.D. 
Raising Digital Natives

Dan Siegel, M.D.
Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Real American: A Memoir

Dr. Gabor Mate
Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships

Sally Springer, Ph. D.
Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017

Lloyd Thacker
Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

Susan Stiffelman
Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids

Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future

Film Screening
Growing Up in the Digital Age

Victoria Dunckley
Reset Your Childs Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time

William Deresiewicz
Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

Peggy Orenstein
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016

Kelly McGonigal
The New Science of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Frank Bruni
Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Wellness Panel
The Parent Relationship Your Child Needs

Julie Lythcott-Haims
How to Raise an Adult: Preparing Your Kid for Success
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Lynn O’Shaughnessy
The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price

Lawrence Cohen
The Opposite of Worry: How to Deal with Anxiety and Fears

SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015

Sally Springer, Ph.D.Admission Matters: What Students & Parents Need to Know About Applying to College
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Lynn O’ShaughnessyThe College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Wellness PanelHelping Your Teen Make Wise Choices
Laura Kastner, Ph.D.Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens & Teens
Film Screening: The Mask You Live In As a Society, Are We Failing Our Boys?
Moderated by Dr. Jerrold Shapiro
Ryan McKelleyUnmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men

SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014

Brad Sachs, Ph.D.Good Enough Parenting: Creating Conversations that Change Children’s Lives
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D.Preparing For and Surviving the College Application Process
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet & Erica PelavinMy Digital TAT2 – Parenting in the Age of Social Media
Jeff SelingoCollege Unbound: The Changing Landscape of Higher Education
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.Our Distracted Mind: Brain, Memory and Multi-tasking

SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013

Film Showing: Bully – Moderated by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
James SteyerTalking Back to Facebook
Dean Blumberg Ph.D.Teen Brains: The Latest Research
Ben KaplanHow to Go to College for Almost Free
Deborah Gilboa, M.D.Raising Kids Who Can Launch
Larry Rosen, Ph.D.Parenting the iGeneration and Generation C: Why Our Kids Love Technology and What it is Doing to Their Brains
Christine VanDeVeldeCollege Admission: From Application to Acceptance
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving Junior & Senior Year: A Parents’ Guide to the Application Process Jerrold Shapiro

SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012

Film ShowingMiss Representation
Ellen GalinskyMind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills
Michael BradleyLoving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind
Niobe WayBoys and the Crisis of Connection
Christine Carter, Ph.D.Coaching Kids Through Change
Jon ReiderThe College Admission Scene Today: Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Peggy OrensteinFrom Princess to Pop-Tarts
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the College Application Process

SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011

Brené Brown, Ph.DThe Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Five Guideposts for Raising Children
Fred Luskin, Ph.D.Stress Less: The Role of Stress Management in Creating Happiness
Rebecca Randall, Common Sense MediaDigital Citizenship: Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture
Lisa Boesky, Ph.D.Is My Teen Normal: When to Worry and When to Relax
Cliff Nass, Ph.D.Multitasking and Your Tween/Teen: How Technology Effects Intellectual and Social Growth
John Medina, Ph.D.Brain Rules: How to Raise Smart and Happy Child
Jon Reider, Ph.D.The College Admission Scene Today:Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Teen Justice 101: What parents and teens need to know about drugs, drinking, and driving
In partnership with the League of Women Voters
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the Application Process: A Practical Guide to the College Transition
Po BronsonNutureShock: New Thinking About Children

SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.Building Resilience in Our Youth: Raising Healthy Kids
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.Workshop for health professionals, counselors and educators who work with children
Adolescent Health Panel
– Catherine Miller, M.D. (Adolescent Medicine)
– Katherine Sutherland, M.D. (OB/GYN: Teen Sexuality)
– Francis Wren, M.D. (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
– Fred Luskin, Ph.D. (Psychologist)

Guy KawasakiThe Art of Innovation and How to Nurture It
Film Showing: Race to Nowhere
Annie Fox, M.Ed.Why 21st Century Kids Need 21st Century Parenting
Frank CarbajalBuilding the Latino Future – Success Stories for the Next Generation
Laura Kastner, Ph.D.Getting to Calm: Parenting Teens and Tweens
Rachel SimmonsThe Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence

SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009

Rachel Simmons Odd Girl Out
Laura KastnerThe Launching Years
Mike RieraStaying Connected to Your Teen
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the College Application Process
Dr. B.J. Fogg & Linda Fogg PhillipsFacebook for Parents: What you Need to Know
Leonard SaxBoys Adrift

SCHOOL YEAR 2007-2008

Madeline Levine, Ph.D.The Price of Privilege
(Note: Predates official MVLA Series)