EVENT - Strange Contagion: Helping Teens Cope with Viral Emotions

10/5/2017 6:30 pm – 09:00 pm | Campus Events


In 2009, tragedy struck the town of Palo Alto: A student from the local high school had died by suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train. Grief-stricken, the community mourned what they thought was an isolated loss. Until, a few weeks later, it happened again. And again. And again. In six months, the high school lost five students to suicide at those train tracks.

A recent transplant to the community and a new father himself, Lee Daniel Kravetz’s experience as a science journalist kicked in: what was causing this tragedy? More importantly, how was it possible that a suicide cluster could develop in a community of concerned, aware, hyper-vigilant adults?

Please join Fusion Academy and The Bertram Group as Lee Daniel Kravetz walks us though this journey he took to figure out this answer, and the conclusion his research brought him to. He will discuss what contagious thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can do, and how we can also use them to stop the bad and spread the good.

While this event is free, it has limited seating so RSVPs are required. Please fill out the form below to let us know you are attending.


About Lee Daniel Kravetz:

Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of the international bestsellers Strange Contagion and Supersurvivors. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a M.A. in psychology from Santa Clara University and a post-graduate fellowship from Stanford University.  He has written for print and television, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, ​The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS’s Frontline. He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company, and is a founding board member of the Lit Camp Writers Conference.

About Fusion Academy:

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom  curriculum can be personalized and taught to students’ individual strengths and learning styles. Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, mixed media art studio, and a Homework Café® where students complete all homework before going home. Fusion students are all unique but have one thing in common: traditional school doesn’t work.

About The Bertram Group, LLC:

Choosing the appropriate academic setting enables a student to maximize his or her full potential – intellectually, socially & emotionally. That is why Bertram provides guidance and support for one of the most important decisions parents will ever make. Since 1994, the firm has been advising traditional, non-traditional, and gifted and talented learners, through school, program, college, and graduate school choices. Each professional advisor at Bertram helps families navigate through the complex world of education, and serves as each candidate’s unbiased advocate.


Event Location:
Penfield Pavilion
323 Fairfield Beach Road,
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824

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