Watching the news today involves witnessing mediated trauma that has an impact on day-to-day life, particularly for Black Americans. Learn from experts about how media depictions of violence against Black Americans affect us all, about how implicit biases and stereotyping work, and what you can do to foster mental health while engaging with these challenging issues.

This is part of a two-day virtual webinar, open to all members of the Lehigh community, which encourages people to reflect on the impact of everyday trauma and pain in a punishing moment.

Beset by intersecting pandemics — the novel coronavirus, white supremacist terrorism, wage slavery, a planet in crisis — to be alive in 2021 is to confront unavoidable and compounding trauma. For journalists, it is our vocation to bear witness to these horrors. For the marginalized, aggressions come from all directions. Our hope is to offer space for a reflective pause, in which trauma is confronted with supportive, honest, and open conversation.

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Danielle Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality at the University of Minnesota
Kareem Johnson, Associate Professor of Instruction in Psychology at Temple University
Stephanie Shiffler, Postdoctoral Resident at Lehigh University’s Counseling and Psychological Services


Jennifer Midberry

Mariana De Maio

John Vilanova

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