Seinenu Thein-Lemelson Lecture

March 23, 2017

11:30 – 12:45 PM



This lecture, co-sponsored with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, is featuring Seinenu Thein-Lemelson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR), University of California, Berkeley. The lecture is entitled “Fear and Silence in Burma and Indonesia: Comparing Two National Tragedies and Tracing Possible Pathways Towards Resilience.”


There is a growing literature indicating that individuals often respond to traumatic experience with resilience, yet it is not clear what specific factors facilitate recovery. In particular, it has been challenging to identify the larger historical, structural, political, and cultural factors that predict individual outcome in the context of life-span development.  This lecture will discuss the comparative case analysis of two historic national tragedies in Southeast Asia: one in Burma, the other in Indonesia. The two case studies illuminate how the social and political landscape, following traumatic events, can be shaped to allow victims of trauma to thrive, rather than recede into silence.

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