Translating Trauma into Art and Literature
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Regina Peruggi Room
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
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.
This event is free and open to the public.
Keynote Speaker: Patricia McCormick
TITLE: Bearing Witness
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 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
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.
|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|
|8:00–8:30 pm||MMC Faculty Panel|
|8:30–8:50 pm||Art Therapy Presentation|
|8:50–9:00 pm||Closing Remarks|