Lecture and Book Signing


Too Afraid to Cry

Memoir of a Stolen Childhood

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Windham-Campbell Prize Winner


Wednesday, March 21, 5:00 pm

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum


Between 1910 and 1970, nearly 100,000 indigenous children in Australia were forcibly taken from their communities to be raised by strangers, redistributed among white families in a government policy of assimilation. The emotional toll and the cultural damage it inflicted were immeasurable. But one of their rank has now given eloquent voice to these "stolen generations": 2017 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize winner Ali Cobby Eckermann (Yankunytjatjara) shares her own astonishing story of heartbreak and reunion. Through her eyes, readers are forced to consider the shameful mistreatment of Aboriginal cultures and look toward a future of understanding and reconciliation.


Co-sponsored by the Yale Group for the Study of Native America, the Windham-Campbell Prizes, the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and the Yale Peabody Museum