Wednesday, November 06, 2013
10:30 AM to
Convocation Series - Stone Hearts: Survival in the face of Genocide
(with Dr. Cheryl Robertson, Stone Hearts playwriter and director CSP Professor Mark Rosenwinkel and CSP Theatre Students)
Using sections from the play Stone Hearts and its backdrop of the Bosnian War, participants and the audience will study how the human body, mind, and spirit copes with chaos and destruction, and discover how the human family manages to survive in the midst of the most devastating circumstances.
The play, Stone Hearts, co-produced by the Concordia University Dept. of Theatre and Dance and Spirit in the House Theatre, is based on the thesis “Patterns of Survival,” which documents the health effects of the Bosnian war on women and families. The author, Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, is currently Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, has been working in global health and development for 30 years. Her public health nursing experience includes development of community-based primary health care programs, refugee and displaced persons services, and support for war trauma and torture survivors. Her current research focuses on developing and testing community-based interventions that promote healthy coping within refugee populations. Robertson serves as the University of Minnesota Central African lead for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats RESPOND program, based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.