The Friday Five: Dealing with Tragedy

On Wednesday, we participated in a collective remembrance of one of the most tragic moments in recent U.S. history: the attacks of September 11th.  The process of moving forward after great suffering or destruction is both complicated and long.  How do we achieve a sense of closure? How do we honor the past while moving forward? How do we avoid repeating past mistakes? We don’t pretend to have the answers here, but this week’s Friday Five highlight the pain, contradictions and confusion of recovery:

  • Two years ago, the New York Times published a 10th anniversary 9/11 piece, that included a “collection of reflective journalism”—interesting commentary on how a nation suffers, remembers and recovers:
  • As we approach the anniversary of another painful moment in US history, the Birmingham Church Bombing of September 15, 1963, this article demonstrates the trying (yet not entirely hopeless?) process of moving beyond the past
  • September 11th dose not only symbolize a day of tragedy in the US.  This Wednesday also marked the 40th anniversary of Pinochet’s coup in Chile which resulted in the “disappearance” of thousands @ Crooked Timber
  • A woman struggles to find closure after personal tragedy and wrongdoing @ ProPublica
  • Suffering at the hands of a robot? How might a fictional trauma represent a real collective fear? @ Motherboard

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