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Judith L. Herman at Harvard Book Store

March 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm


March 29, 2023
7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515


Truth and Repair:
How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

in conversation with DIANE ROSENFELD

Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

Harvard Book Store welcomes JUDITH L. HERMAN—professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies—for a discussion of her new book Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice. She will be joined in conversation by DIANE ROSENFELD—founding director of the Gender Vio­lence Program at Harvard Law School.

A Return to In-Person Events

Harvard Book Store is excited to be back to in-person programming. To ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in attendance, the following Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place at all of our Harvard Book Store events until further notice:

  • Face coverings are required of all staff and attendees when inside the store. Masks must snugly cover nose and mouth.

About Truth and Repair

The #MeToo movement brought worldwide attention to sexual violence, but while the media focused on the fates of a few notorious predators who were put on trial, we heard far less about the outcomes of those trials for the survivors of their abuse.

The conventional retributive process fails to serve most survivors; it was never designed for them. Renowned trauma expert Judith L. Herman argues that the first step toward a better form of justice is simply to ask survivors what would make things as right as possible for them. In Truth and Repair, she commits the radical act of listening to survivors. Recounting their stories, she offers an alternative vision of justice as healing for survivors and their communities.

Deeply researched and compassionately told, Truth and Repair envisions a new path to justice for all.

Praise for Truth and Repair

“Three decades after the publication of her foundational Trauma and Recovery, Herman brilliantly confronts us with another vital, but much ignored, aspect of recovery: social justice. Justice is an essential component for healing the godforsaken sense of humiliation and abandonment so central in traumatizing experiences. When justice is denied, trauma’s imprint is likely to fester in the form of helpless rage. A magnificent and inspiring contribution with profound implications for the healing professions and for society at large.” —Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Body Keeps the Score

“Herman has written some of the most seminal, life-changing books on violence against women. Here in her new book, Truth and Repair, she does something even more radical. She listens to the survivors themselves and skillfully shapes their voices and wisdom into a practical and truly enlightened road map for our future. Every word rang true and essential.” —V (formerly Eve Ensler), playwright of The Vagina Monologues

“This book is a revelation. With careful precision and dogged research, Judith Herman offers us not only a diagnosis of our most pressing social ailments, but a prescription for healing. Rarely does a book offer this level of insight, hope and remedy.” —Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises