Merissa Nathan Gerson presents ‘Inherited Trauma 101’

Merissa Nathan Gerson will talk about inherited trauma at the West Tisbury library. — Merissa Nathan Gerson

On Thursday, June 14, at 4:30 pm, writer and educator Merissa Nathan Gerson will give a presentation at the West Tisbury library addressing the topic of inherited trauma. Do the histories that precede us impact our lives? Do we carry that history, and if so, in what way?

According to a press release from the library, the workshop and lecture will look at the inheritance of trauma and memory, what it means for the surviving generations of war and violence, and what it means to move forward against oppression. Gerson says, “Think of this as Trauma 101 — how to understand it, how to remedy it, and how to prevent repeat trauma in our families, communities, and political spheres.”

Gerson is a freelance writer with a master’s degree in Jewish studies. She was the intergenerational trauma consultant to Amazon’s hit show, “Transparent,” and her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Playboy magazine, the Atlantic, Tablet, Lilith, and many other publications.

The library’s event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 508-693-3366, or email