4 2021

Intergenerational Trauma, Memory, and Stories Carried Forward

7:00PM - 8:00PM  

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How is trauma transmitted across generations and how do descendants of Holocaust survivors
and other atrocities remember these events? Join us to hear Dr. Marianne Hirsch speak on
intergenerational trauma and memory. Hirsch coined the term “postmemory” to describe how
descendants of Holocaust survivors experienced the trauma of their forebears. Using the lenses
of visual culture and gender, Hirsch will reveal how intergenerational trauma plays a role in the
stories and memories that are carried forward and remembered.

Dr. Marianne Hirsch is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative
Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women,
Gender, and Sexuality. Hirsch’s work combines feminist theory with memory studies,
particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Some of Hirsch's
publications include: The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the
 (2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored
with Leo Spitzer (2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora, Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-
edited with Nancy K. Miller (2011), School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference, co-
authored with Leo Spitzer (2020), the co-edited volumes Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements
with Vernacular Photography
 (2020), and Women Mobilizing Memory (2019). She was born in
Romania and educated at Brown University where she received her BA/MA and Ph.D. degrees.