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Theme: Living With, Living After: On Tragedy and the Meaning We Make In Our Lives

This event occurred on
March 20, 2017
4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
United States

How do we carry difficult experiences like grief, loss, and trauma, forward in our lives? What happens when we consciously choose to “live with” those experiences while also “living after” them? When we reject the clichés of closure and silence, how do we think and write about such experiences in meaningful and honest ways? In this Ted Salon, we will talk about the meaning we make in our lives after experiences of profound suffering. We will look at how the worst moments in our lives make us who we are, and also, how writing can give us resources, including courage and strength, to face those moments. We will look at three affirming perspectives on the relationship between loss and meaning, from Ted Talks by Nancy Berns, Andrew Solomon, and the presenter. This Salon will include writing activities designed to help you look creatively at the exceptional challenges that life presents. The audience will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives, experiences, memories, and hopes in a discussion format.

Institute For Campus Excellence, Room 150
Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1631 Pine Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-3748
United States
Event type:
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Organizing team

Holford Talpe

La Crosse, WI, United States


  • Marc Manke