Online book club discussing Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence-From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Dr. Judith Herman. The online discussion participants will be Dr. Judith Herman; Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune of the FaithTrust Institute; and Dr. Sally MacNichol, CONNECT. Find more info & register
Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting -edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and the victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking. In an epilogue written for the latest edition published in 2015, Herman describes the recent research that has emerged in the field, and the far-reaching implications that this book has had in trauma situations around the world.
This session is part of the Meaningful Voices Book Club which is designed to foster conversations between advocates, clergy, seminary students, and lay leaders on the role of faith in our lives, the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, our faith communities, and the wider culture.