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Author, advocate to share story of trauma and healing at St. Lawrence University


CANTON — St. Lawrence University will host speaker, author and advocate Shannon Moroney at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Eben Holden Hall as part of the University’s Contemporary Issues Forum lecture series.

Ms. Moroney’s 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 newlywed husband. Despite the trauma in her life and community, she managed to succeed. 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.

Since 2008, Miss 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, she raises consciousness on crime and conflict.

Ms. Moroney lives in Toronto, where she is remarried and the mother of twins. She is involved with the community-based organization Leave Out Violence (LOVE) and the International Forgiveness Project.

Her 2011 memoir, “Through the Glass,” is a bestseller.

The Contemporary Issues Forum brings experts on the making of news to St. Lawrence University and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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