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Dr. Edith Eva Eger

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23 Sat Sep 2017

Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre, Second Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

WISeR presents Inspiring Speaker Dr. Edith Eger, renowned trauma recovery therapist and acclaimed author. She shares her heroic story as indomitable survivor of Auschwitz and her highly anticipated memoir, "THE CHOICE: Embrace the Possible".

Today Dr. Eger is 89 years old. She maintains a busy clinical psychology practice in La Jolla, California, holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego, and regularly gives lectures around the country and abroad, also serving as a consultant for the United States Army and Navy in resiliency training and the treatment of PTSD. 

Dr. Eger inspires and empowers diverse audiences, from Navy SEALs to clergy and religious groups,  legislative caucuses to medical professionals, and to survivors of domestic abuse. 

Dr. Eger has appeared on numerous television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show and a recent CNN special commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
“The Choice is a gift to humanity.  One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others.  She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well.”
—DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“Edie Eger’s WWII-era experiences and her subsequent growth and life path is an incredible journey and victory of the human soul over the pain of human degradation.” 
—STEPHEN ROBINSON, CEO, MAGIS Group LLC, specialist in  Optimal Performance under Stress (OPS) training
“In the years of my work in the trauma field no one has inspired and encouraged me more than Dr. Eger. . . . I am confident this book will have an enduring impact for a very wide audience.”
—U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) CHARLES W. HOGE, MD

Born in Tule Lake, an American Concentration Camp during WWII; Pioneering filmmaker, psychologist and writer Dr. Satsuki Ina will speak about and screen the 40 minute documentary "And Then They Came for Us" . Abby Ginzberg's 2017 documentary film about her life and the lives of others and their families held in American Japanese segregation camps during WWII. 

The film documents through the use of photos taken by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others, the damage this order did to 120,000 people, two thirds of whom were American citizens.  Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, And Then They Came for Us, demonstrates the importance of speaking up and serves as a cautionary tale. Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento. As a licensed psychotherapist, her primary clinical work has focused on intergenerational families struggling with legacies of trauma.  Her research on the long-term impact of the WWII incarceration on the Japanese American family, has led her to produce two award winning documentary films, Children of the Camps, and From A Silk Cocoon. Both documentaries have been broadcast nationally on PBS. She is a community activist, educator, and spokesperson advocating for social justice. She currently continues her psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California, addressing issues of community and historical trauma, healing and resilience.

David Yamada JD PhD, Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, will discuss the intersection of workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors with psychological trauma. Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying. His model workplace bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S. His multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute. 

Diana Canant and Heidi Hardin present their work in developing a global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide, a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency. The Center for Human Family Paradise Project envisions a global movement wherein the innate wisdom of all the world's cultures and peoples come together as one human family, through the Expressive Arts, Grassroots Educational Initiatives and Global Conflict Resolution.

The expressive arts therapy and visionary peacemaking initiative Paradise Project: Global Center for the Human Family is an evocation of the universality of the human family through a multimedia meditation on the experiences we share, regardless of faith, culture, or ethnicity.

As a fine artist working in Southeast San Francisco community arts for the past twenty years, I have taught art and environmental science to children about the clean up and reuse of Hunters Point Shipyard. From this work and the thousands of children I have taught, I learned that no matter how traumatic or toxic one’s childhood might have been, there are those (visible and invisible) willing and able to help with the clean up and reuse of one’s life. My awareness of and trust in these processes were the heart of staying resilient as a human being while facing the darkest realities of my past, accepting them, and developing emotional maturity.     --Heidi Hardin

The focus on resilience for this event is extremely empowering, positive, hopeful.  It articulates a goal.. hope... a positive outcome and acknowledges strength, rather than weakness... wholeness rather than brokenness.--Diana Canant

Musical Interludes by Amelia Romano's ATB Trio, is a musical group from San Francisco. Their music is an original blend of styles drawing from concert and folk traditions. It begins with the electric lever harp of Amelia Romano, whose playing is rhythmic and dynamic. Enthralled by an intricate muse, she covers low and high registers with contrapuntal panache. Amelia is joined by Matt Ebisuzaki on C rotary-valve trumpet and Tim Renner on upright bass. ATB Trio forges each composition from multiple perspectives, passing melodies and improvisation from player to player. This is spirited, creative music.

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