WISeR Presents: Inspiring Stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage Film & Speakers Event Marine's Memorial Theater, San Francisco Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.

WISeR Presents: Inspiring Stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage Film & Speakers Event Marine's Memorial Theater, San Francisco Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.WISeR Presents: Inspiring Stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage Film & Speakers Event Marine's Memorial Theater, San Francisco Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.

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September 23 Celebratory Speaker Event features  Inspiring stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage

Dr. Edith Eva Eger, eminent psychologist, prolific author and Auschwitz survivor 'Dr. Edie' will speak about her experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz, as a wife, a mother, educator, human dignity advocate, inspiring speaker, author and internationally renowned psychologist. She will also discuss her highly anticipated memoir, The Choice: Embrace the Possible.

The Choice weaves Dr. Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.

"Important, gripping, not just another Holocaust book but a universal message of hope" - from the foreword by Phil Zimbardo, Ph.D.

A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.

"The Choice"

The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well. — DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“In this extraordinary chronicle of heroism and healing, Dr. Eger shows us how to escape the prisons of our own minds . . . Millions of people can learn from Dr. Eger’s inspiring cases and shocking personal story as well as her profound clinical wisdom to heal their lives.”
                 —PHILIP ZIMBARDO, PhD, Stanford professor emeritus of psychology and New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

“I have learned from this gifted human being, this indomitable survivor, this accomplished therapist, more about humanity and suffering and resilience than from all my advanced degrees. This effervescent, brawny nanogenarian has more than a story to tell, a therapy to offer, a journey to guide; she brings us to a new way of being.”  
                —Dr. ROBERT KOFFMAN, former Director of Psychological Health, U.S. Navy

Film screening and talk will feature Dr. Satsuki Ina, Bay Area clinical psychologist, educator, artist and filmmaker was born at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II. She will present and screen the film "And Then They Came for Us". Dr. Ina is a marriage and family therapist, specializing in innovative trauma recovery, multicultural families, and community trauma intervention.

San Francisco Hunter's Point Shipyard artist, speaker Heidi Hardin presents her expressive arts therapy and peacemaking project Paradise Project: Global Center for the Human Family

Human Family Tree/A Walk through Paradise…, (Paradise...) is an evocation of the universality of the human family through a multimedia meditation on the experiences we share, regardless of faith, culture, or ethnicity.

As a fine artist working in Southeast San Francisco community arts for the past twenty years, I have taught art and environmental science to children about the clean up and reuse of Hunters Point Shipyard. From this work and the thousands of children I have taught, I learned that no matter how traumatic or toxic one’s childhood might have been, there are those (visible and invisible) willing and able to help with the clean up and reuse of one’s life. My awareness of and trust in these processes were the heart of staying resilient as a human being while facing the darkest realities of my past, accepting them, and developing emotional maturity.  -- Heidi Hardin/October 2015

Human Dignity expert David Yamada JD PhD is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying and humiliation studies. Dr. David Yamada, Suffolk Law Professor and Founder of the International Workplace Institute will share his insight and wisdom regarding the harmful effects humiliation and bullying at the workplace and how to develop healthy workplaces, schools and societies and foster environments of creativity, collaboration, respect and innovation. Dr. Yamada's model workplace anti-bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S. His multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Global Trauma Resolution and Resilience Advocate Diana Canant presents the Community Self Care Demonstration Project, a global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide. Turning the Tide is a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency. Resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.

Sponsored by Western Institute for Social Research, A Premiere Academic Institution Celebrating 40+ Years of Social Justice in Education and Multicultural Studies

In partnership with ThinkRound, Ardicare Foundation, The Tanya Project, and New Workplace Institute

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