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Panel Discussion: Trauma and Healing in Literature

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Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 12. In commemoration of this day, and through generous support from the NEA 's Big Read literacy grant, NSU Broken Arrow will host a panel discussion event titled " Trauma and Healing in Literature: A Pedagogical Approach " in the Annex from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

This panel discussion will explore the impact on students of studying literature dealing with trauma and healing, and how English instructors at different levels (from middle school to college) approach teaching this subject matter. Presentations will focus on such issues as student response to the literature of trauma, the importance of storytelling and memory, individual and communal healing, psychoanalytical insights into the literature, as well as how sensitive subject matter presents challenges for English teachers.

The panel is comprised of five presenters. Dr. Christopher Malone, professor of English at NSU where he has taught for 15 years, has offered courses dealing with war literature, violence, and horror. His dissertation focused on modern Irish literature, with an emphasis on poetic conceptions of homecoming and healing, a continuing research interest. Dr. Malone is also co-director of the MA in English program on the Broken Arrow campus.

Michael Loeffler is the assistant principal at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also taught English, theology, and journalism. In June of 2017, he was ordained a deacon of the Diocese of Tulsa, and is a graduate of NSU's MA in English program.

Nicole Bennett is an English teacher at Locust Grove Public Schools, and a recent graduate of the MA in English program at NSU.

Bradlee Ross is an English and Humanities instructor at Connors State College, and has also taught 5th and 6th grade English and Social Studies at Tulsa Public Schools. He completed his MA in English at NSU in December 2017.

Ryan Klerekoper is an English teacher at the Ninth Grade Center in Union Public Schools, and also an MA in English student at NSU, where he received his BA in English.

This event is free and open to the public.