Betty and Bernard S. Shapiro Family Lecture Series

A public lecture series featuring engaging and insightful conversations with today’s top influencers and experts.

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Jean Twenge on May 14, 2018

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

Shaare Zion Congregation
5575 Côte-Sainte-Luc Road, Montreal
Free admission

Dr. Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and the books iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell).

Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


In 2017, we featured guest speakers Dr. Michele Borba, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Shane Feldman. Watch below our interviews with these top experts and influencers as part our In Conversation video series.

Dr. Michele Borba
The Unselfie Revolution

How does the Selfie Syndrome and our self-absorption epidemic hurt our kids' academic performance, increase bullying and lessen resiliency? An internationally recognized psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba, works to strengthen children's character and confidence, build strong families and create compassionate school cultures. Learn her framework for parenting that will shift the focus from I, me and mine to we, us and ours, leading kids to be kind, moral and courageous. *For more information on this speaker please visit


Julie Lythcott-Haims
How to Raise an Adult

As the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for students and a strong critic of the growing trend of day-to-day parental involvement. She highlights the ways in which overparenting can harm children and add stress for parents. Learn practical strategies that allow children to make their own mistakes and develop the strength, resourcefulness and inner determination necessary for success.


Shane Feldman: (November 15)
Inspiring Leadership and Transforming Community Culture through Meaningful Connection
Named one of Canada’s Top 20 under 20, Shane Feldman invites teens and their parents into his world and shows how relationships and connections in high school can have a lifelong impact. Shane overcame social isolation and rejection and has become an inspiration to adolescents everywhere.