The Forum with Elizabeth Rosner: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
November 04, 2018
The bestselling novelist discusses her first work of nonfiction Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.
About the conversation
In conversation with Malcolm Clemens Young, Elizabeth Rosner addresses urgent questions as firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events—the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields—begin to pass away: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? In her first work of nonfiction, through three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp and consideration of similar legacies among descendants of African American slaves, Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects of 9/11 on the general population Rosner examines the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. She offers a clear-eyed sense of the enormity of our twenty-first-century human inheritance–our collective responsibility to learn from tragedy, and to keep the ever-changing conversations alive between the past and the present.
About the guest
Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet and essayist living in Berkeley. Her first book of non-fiction, SURVIVOR CAFÉ: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in The New York Times, as well as named one of the best books of 2017 by the SF Chronicle. Her widely-translated books have been awarded literary prizes in both the US and Europe. Rosner’s essays and poems have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward and numerous anthologies. Her book reviews appear frequently in the SF Chronicle.
About the host
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.
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