New Mexico for all of uniquely beauty landscapes, vast horizons and vibrant cultural history also
has a painful, traumatic past; a past that carry legacies today. Recent research findings in the
field of epigenetics are showing that the pain of our ancestors can endure through generations.
Community psychologist and author, Dr. Thom Allena, will draw on his extensive work in the
fields of restorative justice, conflict transformation and memorialization both nationally and here
in New Mexico and explore how traumatic events have collective and transgenerational
consequences that when left unreconciled, leave legacies for future generations to address. By
turning and facing history we create opportunities for more peaceful and resilient communities
for ourselves and for future generations.