I’m excited and honored to be speaking tomorrow on a panel sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club about how to cover trauma and violence.
The opportunity came about through Fernando, a CHC board member who introduced me to the indefatigable Randi Belisomo Hernandez.
Randi’ll be moderating the panel and has already done tremendous work in promoting the event by getting Frank Ochberg, Dart Society founder, guru and friend an interview on Steve Edwards’ afternoon show before the event.
That’s to say nothing of the television interview Wednesday morning and all the work she’s done to promote the panel.
Fellow Society board member Julia Lieblich will speak and read from her new book Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning After Terror.
And I’ll talk about the Society’s work, projects and efforts to build different types of communities.
After that, we’ll go out to eat and drink.
Dunreith will be there.
My brother Jon might be there, too.
All in all, it promises to be a beautiful evening rich in conversation, learning and connection.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.
For those who might be able to make it, here is the event description. I hope to see you there.
For those who can’t be there in person, thanks for reading.
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Please join the Chicago Headline Club for a panel discussion moderated by WGN’s Randi Belisomo.
What: Journalists and Trauma- How to Cover it and How it Impacts You
When: Tuesday, March 27th 6 p.m.
Where: Loyola University, 820 N. Michigan Ave. (entrance on Pearson)
… Regents Hall, Lewis Towers 16th Floor
Frank Ochberg, MD, a psychiatrist, mental health expert, and one of the founding fathers of modern psychotraumatology who has helped to define and research post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially Victimization Symptoms as a distinct subcategory of PTSD, and Stockholm Syndrome, among his many accomplishments for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has received the Golden Award of the Academy of Traumatology (1998), and a Senior Fulbright Scholarship (South Africa) in 2002.
Ochberg has recently devoted much of his time to educating journalists about trauma, and, in recognition, the Dart Center’s Ochberg Fellowship was named for him. Ochberg Fellows, like Pultizer Prize-winning writers, must demonstrate exceptional writing skills as well as thorough investigation of their topics.
Julia Lieblich is an award-winning human rights journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Time, Life, and Ms. A former religion writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press, she is an assistant professor of journalism at Loyola University Chicago.
After receiving a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard’s Divinity School, Lieblich went on to work as the religion writer for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, a business writer for Fortune magazine, a correspondent for ReligionLink, and was honored as an Ochburg Fellow at the well-known Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Her new book, Wounded I am More Awake, follows the story of Esad Boskailo, a doctor who survives six concentration camps in Bosnia and emerges with powerful new lessons for healing in an age of genocide. The gripping account raises questions for healers, survivors, and readers striving to understand the reality of war and the aftermath of terror. Is it possible to find meaning after enduring crimes against humanity? Can people heal after trauma?
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein serves as the Database and Investigative Editor for Hoy, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper.
Prior to working at Hoy, Lowenstein was a staff reporter for five years at The Chicago Reporter, a bimonthly publication that does investigative work around race and poverty issues. He is also president of the Dart Society, an organization of journalists that works to tell stories about trauma and violence with sensitivity and compassion, and that also works to help journalists deal with the impact of doing that work.