Reporting on and Living in Times of Trauma

March 23-24, 2021

This two-day conversation, open to all members of the Lehigh community, 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.
The week’s programming will be broken into two moderated panels. The first day focuses on experiencing trauma in and through the workplace, bringing together journalists and experts on dealing with witnessing and experiencing pain as part of one’s job description. The second day focuses on lived experience, in which panelists will wrestle with media ecosystems and the impact of trauma on day-to-day life.

Department of Journalism and Communication |  Coppee Hall  |  33 Coppee Drive  |  Bethlehem, PA 18015  |  phone 610-758-4180  |  fax 610-758-6198