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Encore ‘History. Culture. Trauma.’ podcast begins Black History Month with author Bruce Perry discussing historical trauma & 'What Happened to You?'


“What Happened to You?” – the book and the question – speak to the PACEs Connection commitment to explore and share our nation’s history of trauma, racism, genocide and colonization. We begin Black History Month 2023, with an encore discussion by Bruce Perry, co-author of The New York Times Best-seller, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.”

In this episode, Perry and podcast hosts Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Mathew Portell, director of outreach and education, discuss the importance of learning about  our past to understand how the United States is in such a state of collective trauma at this time in our nation’s history.

Screen Shot 2023-01-31 at 5.40.15 PM“If you don't understand history,” said Perry, “you're never going to understand trauma. And if you don’t understand trauma, you're never going to understand history. And this is part of our problem as a field.”

Tune in Thursday at 1 p.m. PT  to hear Perry, Cockhren, and Portell address the history of colonialism, treatment of Indigenous people, and the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans that are such a part of the ongoing history and historical trauma of the United States.

Cockhren and Portell interviewed Perry about the book, which he wrote with author Oprah Winfrey in July 2022, as a part of the launch celebration for the PACEs Connection Connecting Communities One Book At A Time book study initiative.

“You know, we are living in systems that are fundamentally colonial in construction,” Perry said. “And colonialism basically means I'm going to come into your space, your place, and I'm going to take your things and I'm going to make you feel privileged if I give you a little bit of it back.”

Historical perspectives about trauma deserve “as much attention and funding and support” as is given to people studying the effects of a drug on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or the effects of other treatments, he said.

For more information about this podcast, you can watch the full interview here.

Perry leads the Neurosequential Network, is senior fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, and adjunct professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

To listen to Thursday’s podcast at 1 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. ET,  or whenever, as it is an encore episode, please clickhere.

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  • Screen Shot 2023-01-31 at 5.40.15 PM: Bruce Perry, co-author, "What Happened to You?"

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