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Trauma and Resilience Conference
March 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$15 – $30
It is often said that art is impossible to define, though “you know it when you see it.” Is this what trauma is like? To be sure, trauma seems difficult if not impossible to define. Yet, insidiously, because of the innumerable forms and shapes it takes, many of us would not even recognize trauma when we see it. Perhaps provisionally, we can define trauma as anything that shatters one’s trust in the world. Or further: trauma occurs when the very tools we use to build trust in the world are those things by which we’ve been betrayed. How does one cope, when the usual ways to cope are the things that cause harm? During Trauma and Resilience, our many speakers will present trauma from a variety of angles to help us not only recognize how trauma affects all corners of life–from relationships, to communities, to politics, to literature–but also how we can begin to help one another heal and move beyond brokenness into resilience.