Translating Trauma into Art and Literature

The Institute for Pre-College and Advanced Study, in collaboration with Professor Cheryl Paradis, Department of Psychology, and Professor Hallie Cohen, Department of Art & Art History, presents:

Translating Trauma into Art and Literature:

An Evening Conference and Art Exhibition

Tuesday, April 10th

6:ooPM to 9:00PM

The Regina Peruggi Room

How do human beings deal with disaster? Horrifying reports of genocide and civil war compete with front-page stories of sexual abuse and poverty. Racism leaves its own legacy of intergenerational scars.  This conference on art and trauma will explore the ways the visual arts and writing serve as coping mechanisms which allow victims to turn suffering into insight.



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Keynote Speaker: Patricia McCormick 

TITLE: Bearing Witness

Patricia McCormick Patricia McCormick, a two-time National Book Award finalist, is the author of several critically acclaimed novels – including Never Fall Down, the true story of a boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music for the Khmer Rouge, and SOLD, a moving account of sexual trafficking. She is also the co-author of I am Malala, the story of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban in her fight for education.


Keynote Speaker: Miriam Katin

TITLE: Draw Yourself Out of It

Miriam KatinMiriam Katin is a Hungarian-born American graphic novelist and graphic artist. She worked in animation from 1981 to 2000 in Israel and in the United States for Nickelodeon, MTV and Disney. She has written two  autobiographical graphic novels, We Are on Our Own (2006) and Letting It Go (2013). She has won an Inkpot Award and the Prix de la critique.


MMC Faculty Panel

TITLE: “Writing Trauma: Life and Work”

Tahneer Oksman, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor of Academic Writing- Moderator

Michael Colvin, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of English and World Literatures

Jerry Williams, Ph.D., M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Creative Writing


Art Therapy Presentation with MMC faculty

Deb Brass, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapist and Clinical Supervisor

Glenn M. Smulyan, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, Hetrick-Martin Institute


Exhibition in the Hewitt Gallery of Art

Apres Coup flyer Après Coup an exhibition conceived in response to individual   and   collective trauma will be presented in tandem with the   conference in   the Hewitt Gallery of Art.

 There will be a walk through of the exhibit, with the Gallery Director   and some of the artists, preceding the conference presentations.



Preliminary Schedule

5:30–6:00 pm Check-In & Refreshments: Regina Peruggi Room
6:00–6:30 pm Tour of Après Coup:Hewitt Gallery of Art
6:30–6:40 pm Welcome: Regina Peruggi Room
6:40–7:10 pm First Keynote Speaker: Patricia McCormick
7:15–7:45 pm Second Keynote Speaker: Miriam Katin
7:45–8:00 pm


8:00–8:30 pm MMC Faculty Panel
8:30–8:50 pm Art Therapy Presentation
8:50–9:00 pm Closing Remarks

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