Academic Festival is on April 3

Norwalk Community College will hold its 22nd annual Academic Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in venues throughout the campus. The festival is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “Postmemory: Hidden Trauma, Healing Narratives.” “Postmemory” is a term describing the experience that the “generation after” bears to the personal, collective, and cultural traumas of those who came before them.

For example, parents who have experienced traumatic events such as war or forced migration pass on their memories to their children through stories, images and behaviors. These postmemory experiences are transmitted to the next generation so deeply and affectively as to seem to constitute memories in their own right.

“To grow up with overwhelming inherited memories, to be dominated by narratives that preceded one’s birth or one’s consciousness, is to risk having one’s own life stories displaced, even evacuated, by our ancestors,” notes Marianne Hirsch, festival keynote speaker.

Hirsch will discuss “Postmemory for the Future.” She is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

The festival will feature more than a dozen events including art and photo exhibitions, a live drama performance, panel discussions, film screenings and a book signing and talk by Claudia Jimenez Salazar, author of Blood of the Dawn.”