Part 2: Let’s Talk Jessica Greenbaum

Let’s Talk Moral Injury
Let’s Talk Moral Injury
Part 2: Let's Talk Jessica Greenbaum

Jessica Greenbaum got in touch with us because decades after becoming an established poet and a teacher of poetry with three books and national recognition, she decided art can’t do everything and went back to school to become a social worker. Melding the fields of poetry and social work, she runs workshops for communities who have experienced trauma and she wanted to offer one to people who have considered themselves to have sustained moral injury. She has run such workshops for 9/11 First Responders, under the auspices of NYU Langone’s Medical Center; for people who have left Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy, under the auspices of a service organization for that community called Footsteps, and for adult survivors of childhood brain tumors, under the auspices of the Child Brain Tumor Foundation. Inside academia she has taught at Barnard College and Vassar, and she also designs classes around Jewish text for two New York synagogues. She’s here to answer the question of why poetry people who feel they have sustained moral injury and how does it work? 




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