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Saturday, October 28 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
The State of Affairs

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Esther Perel’s first book, Mating in Captivity, her podcast Where Should We Begin?, and her 2013 TED talk entitled “The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship” (which was viewed by two million people in the first two weeks it was posted) have catapulted her to the status of couples therapist rock star. Now, Perel has turned her attention to infidelity in her new book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. When it comes to desire within marriage, she notes that when there’s nothing left to hide, there’s nothing left to seek, and that can lead to people straying. Perel points out that people often cheat not because they are looking for another person, but because they are looking for another self. She wants to change the discourse around infidelity in America from one that emphasizes betrayal and trauma to one that emphasizes healing. You won’t want to miss this remarkable, compelling talk by Esther Perel. After her talk, Esther will be interviewed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now, Robin Young.

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Robin Young

Robin Young brings more than twenty-five years of broadcast experience to her role as co-host of Here & Now, a WBUR-produced daily newsmagazine that airs on NPR stations nationwide. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television... Read More →

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Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a master of navigating the perils of long-term romantic relationships and has helped many couples the world over through her private practice, her talks, and her writing. Born in Belgium, she earned degrees in Jerusalem and in the United States. In the first two decades... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Old South Church Sanctuary