Dr. Henry “Hank” Knight to speak about historical trauma
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents “Legacies of Trauma,” a lecture by Holocaust and genocide scholar Dr. Henry “Hank” Knight, on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
This event is presented in connection with “Fafnir Adamites: Interfere (with),” a sculptural installation at BMAC created from felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and the emotional turmoil inherited from past generations.
In his lecture, Knight will focus on the concept of “historical trauma,” the cumulative emotional harm experienced by an individual or a generation due to a traumatic event, even if the individual did not directly experience the event. The Holocaust and other genocides provide an opportunity to examine the lasting legacy of trauma on entire groups for generations beyond the tragedy itself.
Knight retired in May 2019 after 12 years at Keene State College, where he directed the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and was recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. He is co-chair of the biennial Steven S. Weinstein Holocaust Symposium, which he and Leonard Grob co-founded in 1996, and he serves on the Church Relations Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Knight earned his B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Emory University.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The Museum’s galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.