Claudia Kalb is an award-winning journalist specializing in science, health and medicine. A former senior writer at Newsweek, Kalb has written hundreds of features on topics ranging from the science of memory to genetic testing. Her work has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Scientific American and numerous other publications. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


Thursday May 12, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM CDT
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The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel 
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202

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Paula R. Fenner, CPCE 
Adolphus Hotel 
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On Thursday, May 12, we welcome author Claudia Kalb to a very special “Authors at The Adolphus” luncheon based on her creative look into the lives of the celebrated.  This event – which begins at 11:30 a.m. – will be hosted in The French Room and will provide you a peek inside the writing of an extraordinary work – and every word is true!

In her exclusive Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder presentation, Ms. Kalb will take you inside the minds of history’s great personalities – from Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein and Princess Diana.  There are twelve profiles in all, and each examination provides fascinating insight and understanding – and the reassurance that the human condition is universal, even at the top.

Adolphus Executive Chef Marcus Strietzel will draw on his experience working with the celebrated and create courses that will provide the perfect complement to lively table conversation.  (Please see below.)

Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this surprising, inventive, and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb will give you a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture. From Marilyn Monroe's borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin's anxiety, Ms. Kalb provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biographers, sociologists, and other specialists. Packed with intriguing revelations, this smart narrative brings a new perspective to one of the hottest new topics in today's cultural conversation.

Come hear the inside account of this terrific read, as only Claudia Kalb can tell it – and bask in the elegance of the fabulous French Room.


Register Now! The fee for this event is $80.00 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and parking.

Cancellations received prior to May 3, 2016 are eligible for a full refund.

Please note that the event fee will display on your statement as "WPY*Adolphus Hotel Events".


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With keen insight and a writerly flair, Claudia Kalb, one of the nation’s pre-eminent science journalists, has written a book that is at once profound and a great deal of fun. She takes us on an engrossing and original journey into the minds (and, yes, the madnesses) of some of history’s most intriguing figures. Kalb explores nothing less than the mysteries of genius and of individuality.”  —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of American Lion

“A brilliant and fascinating journey into the perils that so often accompany genius. Spell-binding.”  —Edward Hallowell, M.D., co-author of Driven to Distraction