Psychologist and writer Shira Nayman to deliver Carleton convocation

In her presentation, titled “Dark Urgings of the Blood: Storytelling and the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma,” Nayman will discuss how socio-cultural trauma can weave into the self and be passed down through generations.

Leander Cohen ’22 21 April 2021 Posted In:
Shira Nayman

Psychologist and writer Shira Nayman will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. CDT over Zoom. In her presentation, titled “Dark Urgings of the Blood: Storytelling and the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma,” she will discuss how socio-cultural trauma can weave into the self and be passed down through generations.

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Born in South Africa and raised in Australia, Nayman is a clinical psychologist and the author of four books. Her most recent book, River, tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who travels back in time to the Australian Outback, South Africa during World War II, and Lithuania, encountering her maternal forbearers when they were her age.

Nayman has published fiction and non-fiction in a variety of literary journals and newspapers, including The Atlantic, The Georgia Review, The New England Review, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Boulevard, Cousin Corinne’s, and Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose. She is the recipient of three year-long grants from the Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board, and is a recent MacDowell Fellow.

In addition to her writing, Nayman has also built a career as a strategic marketing consultant, working with Fortune 100 companies and national political campaigns to develop positioning strategy for major brands, product launches, and political candidates. She has also taught psychology, creative writing, literature, and narrative medicine at Barnard College, Rutgers University, and Columbia University.

Nayman received her BSc from Monash University, her MA from Columbia University, and a PsyD from Rutgers University.

Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.