Season 4, Episode 4

The Many Mediums for Confronting Trauma

In this episode we talk to a Ph.D. student in history about a patchwork quilt and a family’s journey from enslavement to educational access in the Ivy league and an anthropologist about using film, dance, and photography to empower those who have survived state violence.

The Intricate Riddle of Life

The Many Mediums for Confronting Trauma • Season 4, Episode 4

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The legacy of trauma resulting from more than 200 years of slavery in North America, and colonialism abroad, has yet to be fully comprehended. In this episode, Breanna Moore discusses her engagement with fellow student collaborators to recreate the history of Penn’s connections to slavery, which began with a memory book and a journey through her own family’s history. And Deborah Thomas explains how the many mediums of art, including film, dance, and photography, have helped her promote healing within communities marked by trauma in Jamaica and beyond.

This episode includes excerpts from Four Days in May: Kingston 2010 featuring Jacqueline Gordon, Shawn Bowen, and Aaliyah Levy. The documentary film was directed and produced by Deanne M. Bell, Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, and Deborah A. Thomas.


Breanna Moore, C’15, and Ph.D. candidate, Department of History

Deborah Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography


Alex Schein


Blake Cole


Alex Schein, Brooke Sietisons, and Loraine Terrell


Loraine Terrell and Blake Cole


Marina Muun


Theme by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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