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A Family’s Guide to Identity: A Tour of the Symbols and Story of The Handsome Little Cygnet

Thursday, December 9, 2021

6:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST

Live Streamed

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States


Join best-selling author, twenty-year school teacher, professor of government, and father of eight, Dr. Matthew Mehan for a discussion of his newest, beautifully illustrated children’s book, The Handsome Little Cygnet, the story of a family of swans in Central Park raising their baby swan or cygnet. Using original watercolors from the book, Dr. Mehan will offer a guided tour of the formative symbols and themes from The Handsome Little Cygnet, and in so doing, help us to see more clearly how to counter the great wave of often subtly harmful images on offer from our currently chaotic culture.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A book signing and a light reception will follow the lecture.

About the Book:

The Handsome Little Cygnet (TAN Books 2021), by Hillsdale professor and former 20-year Catholic school teacher Matthew Mehan, is a surprising revision of the Ugly Duckling, with nods to Make Way for Ducklings as well. The story models for the imagination both strong families—especially that rarest of birds in kid lit, a good father—and the virtue and heart required to resist the strong pull of identity politics that tempts us to try to be something we truly are not. Featuring landmarks and wildlife from Manhattan’s Central Park, this short, touching, and elegant book features beautiful prose and more than twenty gorgeous watercolors by master artist and illustrator, John Folley. (Matthew is the father of eight little cygnets, and John is the father of five little cygnets.)

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About the Speaker

Dr. Matthew Mehan is the Director of Academic Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington D.C. and Assistant Professor of Government for the Van Andel Graduate School of Government.

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