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From Our Members: I’ll Be Seeing You: A Reflection in the Time of COVID-19
StressPoints
Date posted: 05/4/2020
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
As we persevere through the coronavirus battle together, yet apart, I am reminded of a veteran patient of mine who lost his brother near the end of World War II. His poignant account of the special bond that was severed by his brother’s death inspired me to write this vignette and poem, I’ll Be Seeing You. 
Trauma and World Literature: Transforming Despair
StressPoints
Date posted: 05/4/2020
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
As a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, I’ve been listening to my clients’ reactions, as well as those of my family and friends, to the first couple of months of the COVID-19 crisis. Universally, people have been reacting to the “surreal” nature of this shared trauma.
Oedipus Project: Free Zoom Broadcast May 7th, 2020
Date posted: 04/26/2020
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Dear Fellow ISTSS Members:

I’m writing now to alert you to the upcoming May 7th free Zoom broadcast of the Oedipus Project directed by Bryan Doerries, the actor and classist whose Theater of War  (www.theaterofwar.com)  has been performed on military bases and at universities and theaters around the world with support from the U.S. Department of Defense among others. 
Trauma and World Literature: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/21/2020
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Whenever horrors of life are portrayed as being perpetrated within a particular culture, as they are in A Woman is No Man, by Etaf Rum, there must be concern that readers outside that culture will see this to be a fair representation of that group of people as a whole.
Trauma and World Literature: Andromache’s Lament in Homer’s Iliad
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/21/2020
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Homer’s Iliad, the first surviving piece of European literature, is an epic narrative about the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. The soldier’s obligation to his family and community, the drive for revenge, and the unbearable costs during and after war are among the themes of this epic poem, a work that was both orally composed in verse and also transmitted orally over centuries before it was finally written down and preserved for future generations.
 
PTSD, Mental Health Treatment and the Media
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/11/2019
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Media plays a key role in informing the general public about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through this process of information dissemination, we (i.e., the public) form opinions on this diagnosis based on the portrayal of mental health in media coverage. Throughout the years, awareness of PTSD has increased, but the information set forth is incomplete and/or inaccurate (Purtle, Lynn, & Malik, 2016).
Tommy Orange's Novel, There There
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/11/2019
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Orange, the son of a Cheyenne father, has written a novel which has received wide praise and major awards for how it tells the neglected story of modern urban Native American experience. In There There, Orange builds tension to an inevitable calamity through the interlocking stories of several characters while briefly, poetically, interspersing the historic tragedy of the genocide against Native Americans.
Trauma and World Literature: The Night I Learned How Not to Pray by Iris Dement
StressPoints
Date posted: 03/29/2019
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
Ever since the release of her first album in 1992, the singer-songwriter Iris Dement has earned wide recognition and respect for her work. Her 2012 album, Sing the Delta, includes the song, The Night I Learned How Not to Pray. In the few minutes of her rendition of the song, Dement’s words, music and voice show the profound, long-lasting effects of traumatic loss, especially in childhood.
 
Trauma and World Literature: Moral Injury
Date posted: 01/1/2019
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
The challenges for many soldiers returning from war go beyond the potential for PTSD, moral injury, traumatic bereavement and a range of associated risks from increased rates of suicide to a host of physical illnesses.
Trauma and World Literature: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Date posted: 01/1/2019
Topic: Trauma and the Arts
In Joshua Ferris’s clever and insightful first novel, Then We Came to the End, modern business office relationships are explored as the workers work, socialize and cope with life’s inevitable traumatic events.
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