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TTN (V) - Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center (May 13, 7pm ET)

Reimagining Life with
Friendship at the Center

With Rhaina Cohen 

Monday, May 13, 2024
7:00 - 8:30pm ET
6pm CT   5pm MT   4pm PT

Members:  $15       Non-members:  $25


Have you ever daydreamed about building your life around friends, like the women in The Golden Girls or Grace & Frankie?  NPR journalist and bestselling author Rhaina Cohen has followed people living in just this way—friends who are each other’s housemates, caregivers, and more. 

Rhaina argues that we need to recognize the significance of friendship at a time when a large share of Americans is unmarried—including nearly one-half of American women aged 65 and older—and when many are feeling the effects of the loneliness epidemic. Rhaina will share how the pairs of friends she interviewed offer an alternative model of a fulfilling life, showing that there are more pathways to finding companionship and support than romance alone. 

For those unable to attend the live event, a recording will be distributed to all registrants.

The Other Significant Others tells the stories of people who make a friendship the central relationship in their lives—owning homes together, raising kids together, or caring for each other for decades. Like romantic couples, these friends form a “we.”  At a time of declining marriage rates and a loneliness epidemic, these friends help us imagine alternative models for a fulfilling life and ask us to rethink which relationships matter most.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for my entire adult life.” — Anne Helen Petersen 

“I loved [The Other Significant Others] and recommend it to everybody.” — Ezra Klein


About Rhaina Cohen

Rhaina Cohen is the author of the bestselling book The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center, and is an award-winning producer and editor for NPR’s documentary podcast, Embedded.  Her work, which often focuses on social connection, has aired on numerous podcasts and radio shows, including Hidden Brain, Invisibilia, and All Things Considered, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and elsewhere.  The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cohen is a graduate of Northwestern University and Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar.  She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, friends, and her friends’ children.

Monday, May 13, 2024, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Marsha Yankelev
Event Coordinator
Open to All
Registration is required
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