Guest Speaker to Share Story of Trauma and Healing

By Nicole Eigbrett ’14

St. Lawrence University will host speaker, author and advocate Shannon Moroney at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in Eben Holden as part of the University’s Contemporary Issues Forum lecture series. Her presentation, “Through the Glass: One Woman’s Pursuit of Justice, Forgiveness, and Healing,” will lead the audience through her ordeal to inspire triumph over individual and community tragedy.

In 2005, Moroney’s life was shattered by violent crimes and the arrest of her newly-wed husband. Despite the trauma in her life and community, Moroney recreated a positive future. She was awarded a fellowship to complete her master’s degree in England, where she studied trauma and resilience. Afterward, she became involved in the emerging field of restorative justice in Canada.  

“I don’t think that rehabilitation necessarily has the end goal of freedom in society,” Moroney said in a public talk in February 2012. “I do think that people that we lock away, though many have committed inhumane actions, are still human beings. They are somebody’s son, somebody’s daughter. The time they spend living in an institution could be better be served to all of our society if something good is being done with that time.”

Since 2008, Moroney has shared her raw account of grief, violence and judgment with audiences around the world. However, she also reveals a journey of compassion, restoration, forgiveness and hope. Through writing, photographs and artwork, Moroney raises consciousness on societal handlings with crime and conflict.

Moroney currently lives in Toronto, where she is re-married and the mother of twins. She is involved with the community-based organization Leave Out Violence (LOVE) and the International Forgiveness Project. Her memoir, Through the Glass (Random House Canada, 2011), is a national bestseller and nominee for several awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012, the book was published internationally.

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