BELFAST — On Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., Belfast author Jan E. Anderson will present a talk, “Trauma, Self-Identity, and Empathy: The Refugee Crisis in Maine,” at the Belfast Free Library.
Anderson will explore this topic through the lens of philosophical, cultural and spiritual belief and discuss her book, The Eagle Flies at Night, which portrays a Maine community taking in refugees and how all members of the community, new and old, struggle with trauma and self-identity.
The characters in the book are a community of ordinary people dealing with the normal challenges of an ordinary community. Every character is dealing with trauma; every character faces a crossroads and asks themselves a question: Where is my truest self?
“We are all a mystery to each other and to ourselves,” said Anderson, in a news release. “The path to awakening seeks to transform loneliness and the fear of loneliness into an experience of solitude; to seek intimacy with a deep inner self – inner being.”
The discussion will cover how people pursue self-awareness, relationships with the community, and how personal experiences shape behavior.
The talk is free and open to the public.
For more information call the Library at 338-3884 ext. 10.