“Embracing Contradictions” a talkback with Olivia Fermi

Teaneck, NJ (February 29th, 2016) — Olivia Fermi will speak to students, faculty, and the community to tell the story of her late grandparents Enrico Fermi, the creator of the first nuclear reactor, and Laura Fermi, pioneering activist, on March 10 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus.

Olivia’s family’s immigration story from fascist Italy to the United States during a time of racial oppression parallels the struggles between cultural groups and belief systems today. With her engaging and open-hearted style, she has encouraged audiences all around the world to think about today’s issues in ways that diminish polarization and open generative dialogue.

Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) created the first nuclear reactor as well as acting as the key architect of the atomic bomb. After Enrico passed on, his wife Laura Fermi (1907-1977) went on to become a pioneering activist in both environmental and gun control movements and became a New York Times best-selling author.

Olivia Fermi, MA, RTC is a psychological counselor, executive coach, speaker and facilitator living in Vancouver, Canada.

This event takes place Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. on the Fairleigh Dickinson Metropolitan Campus in the Student Union Building in the Rutherford Room. FDU is located at 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.


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