Portraits of Resilience: Surviving a Mine Field

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What does resilience look like? For Jerry White, it means confronting trauma head on, and helping others do the same. When Jerry was hiking in Israel with some college friends, he never imagined he would find himself laying seriously wounded in a mine field. A decade later, Jerry has become a beacon of hope and resilience for other victims of traumatic injuries. He is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State.

Jerry White is the author of Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down. He currently lives in Washington, DC. Many thanks to Mr. White for sharing his time and story with us.

This video was presented as part of the 2012 World Science Festival program, How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience.

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Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: Bill Blakemore
Participants: George Bonanno, Dennis Charney, Fran Norris, Matthieu Ricard

Car accidents. Suicide bombers. Earthquakes. Death of a spouse. Why do some people bounce back from traumatic events while others do not? Is there a biological profile of resiliency? Can science, with the jab of a needle or huff of an aerosol, help reduce post-stress trauma? Can, and should, we train people to be more resilient? Leading thinkers from around the world explore these and other questions about the science of human resiliency. See all content from How We Bounce Back...[Read more]