BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Educator and author Keen Berger will discuss her new book “Grandmothering: Building Strong Ties With Every Generation,” at Judson Church, at 55 Washington Square South, on Sun., Nov. 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Berger is a longtime member of Community Board 2 and was until recently the female Democratic district leader for Greenwich Village. She is a member of the storied Village Independent Democrats political club.
Berger is currently a professor of psychology at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, and has authored numerous textbooks under her professional name, Kathleen Stassen Berger. Her “The Developing Person” is now in its 11th edition and used in all 50 states, 12 countries and in five languages.
“Grandmothering” begins with the birth of Berger’s first grandchild, Asa, nine years ago at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village.
“The story of his birth opens the book,” Berger said. “And his birth — my first grandchild — is what propelled me to write a book combining my personal experience, the experiences of my friends and students — most of whom are Latinx and African American, some Asian, some Middle Eastern, almost all low-income — with my academic research and knowledge. There are many other books about grandmothering, but they are all too sweet or very personal — none that combines the personal and the science.”
Berger will tackle such topics as grandmothers learning how to be beloved not rejected and grandfathers learning how to be a vital family member. Parents will learn how to get the help they need and avoid the help they don’t want.
Light fare and refreshments will be available and so will the book, which can be purchased for $22, by cash or check.
For more information about the book and Berger, visit KathleenBergerAuthor.com.