Love, Trauma, and Bonding: How Early Experiences Shape Who We Become

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Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. OR 97205

Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks available for purchase at the theatre.

This event is in collaboration with the Artists Repertory Theatre’s production of Feathers and Teeth.

Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get “under the skin” and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it. She will talk about her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.

This is an updated version of the talk What Doesn’t Kill You… How Early Experiences Shape You, Your Health, and Your Kids held at the Clinton Street Theater on December 6, 2016.

*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

Via Productions is dedicated to providing quality science education and fun for adults. Find out more at

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