The Legacy of Trauma: The Impact of Historical & Cultural Traumas on Future Generations


College of Pharmacy Qatar Pavilion and Auditorium at Xavier University of Louisiana


Nov 17, 2022

5:30 PM Reception, 6:45 PM Panel


Genocide, slavery, and displacement have affected far too many communities of people. While each community’s experience is different, massive collective trauma often results in cumulative emotional and psychological wounds that are carried across generations.

Free parking will be available in all lots surrounding the College of Pharmacy - however, please do not park in any spot marked as "reserved." The event is free, but an RSVP is requested

  • How trauma can hurt you, even if you didn't experience it.


  • What are the long-term consequences of the Holocaust on survivors and their children (and their children's children)?


  • The importance of addressing the impact of historical trauma in the African American experience, and why it is critical for understanding the mental health concerns of Black Americans today. 


  • How to recognize the signs of a historical trauma response. What are the interventions?

Meet our Panelists

Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist, filmmaker and author of the award-winning Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. She was the co-founder and co-director of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas, Training Institute for Mental Health; founding director of Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers (ne Jewish Foundation for the Righteous). She currently is co-director of Child Development Research; moderates a webinar Transforming Moments: Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors, Museum of Jewish Heritage and the podcast The Blue Card Stories of the Holocaust: Overcoming Historical Traumas. Fogelman is a frequent speaker for general and academic audiences, television, webinars, and radio programs.

Dr. Cirecie A. West-Olatunji is the Melba Fortuné Martinez Endowed Professor in the counselor education program and director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has received numerous awards from national organizations and has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on traumatic stress and systemic oppression. Her publications include three co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

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