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No One Reacts Here More...


Saturday, March 7, 2009
6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Together with Columbia University psychologist George Bonanno,independent filmmaker and writer Miranda July discusses the use of spontaneity and planning in creating her film Me and You and Everyone We Know and writing the short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You.
Miranda July is a performer, writer, and filmmaker whose unique aesthetic and deeply idiosyncratic visions have garnered her praise from critics and the public alike. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and in the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials. Her short-fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. Her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, received the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2007. In 2002, the performance artist created the participatory website with Harrell Fletcher. She wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. She is currently working on her second feature film.
George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991. His research and scholarly interests have centered on individual variability in the ways human beings respond to loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of personality, positive emotion and emotion regulatory processes. One of Professor Bonanno’s recent lines of research involves the development experimental paradigms to study attachment and emotion regulation in coping with adversity. Another line of research focuses on the use of growth mixture modeling to identify latent trajectories of outcome, ranging from resilience to chronic dysfunction, following various potential traumatic events, including terrorist attack, bio-disaster and medical trauma. He co-edited the book, Emotion: Current Issues and Future Directions (Guilford), and authored the forthcoming, The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Can Tell Us about Life after Loss (Basic Books).