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Connections and Conversation- with Ruth Lijtmaer, PhD: Silence, Ghosts, Secrets and Trauma

November 11, 2023 @ 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting. This conversation will explore the space between violence and trauma is dangerous silence. Time, space and history collides. Silence intensifies the impact of trauma, and trauma that goes unspoken, un-witnessed and unclaimed produces more trauma to self and others. Silence can be associated with a ghost, as a metaphorical tool. Ghosts, like the memory of trauma are both “there” and “not there” at the same moment, making them ripe for the same “fact or fiction” scrutiny applied to massive trauma, disbelief and outright denial. They are the keeper of secrets, and they are the manifestations of something gone wrong. Their lingering on the living goes on for generations.

Debbie Steinke