Duquesne University's Gumberg Library will host accomplished author, podcaster and photojournalist author Rachael Cerrotti for a series of events, free and open to the public, from Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, April 1, on campus.

After spending more than a decade retracing her grandmother Hana's journey of displacement after surviving the Holocaust, Cerrotti provided intimate perspectives on trauma and survival in her critically acclaimed book We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration.

"The history books helped me understand my grandmother's story, and my grandmother's story helped me understand the history books," Cerrotti writes.

Noting the relevance that human displacement still plays in our lives today, Dr. Jennie Schulze, director of the Center for Migration, Displacement and Community Studies at Duquesne, said the series with Cerrotti will "bring the experiences of the Holocaust into the present in ways that connect the lived experiences of previous generations with the realities shaping human flows today."

Cerrotti's presentations include:

  • We Share the Same Sky: A Visual Journey, 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, via Zoom. This virtual program will offer a visual journey through Cerrotti's work. Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Journalism and Storytelling: The Influence of Memory, Trauma, and Time, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom A. Learn about the dilemma reporters face when facts collide with oral histories and the ethical challenges of using an individual's memories to document major events.
  • Same Sky, Different Land: A Book Discussion of We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration, 4-5:30 p.m., March 31, Power Center Ballroom A. This dialogue will illuminate personal and public issues of migration, displacement and community.
  • Welcome to Widowhood and We Share the Same Sky: Perspectives on Grief and Intergenerational Trauma, 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 1, via Zoom. Cerrotti will tell her story of young widowhood and share her grandmother's story. Participants can discuss challenges and opportunities for serving those who experience generational trauma and grief from tragic losses.

Registration is required via duq.edu/SJRC. Email barons1@duq.edu with questions.

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh connects the horrors of the Holocaust and antisemitism with injustices of today. Through education, the Holocaust Center seeks to address these injustices and empower individuals to build a more civil and humane society. For more information, visit: https://hcofpgh.org/.


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March 25, 2022