Grieving Difficult History: There’s a Place for That | Theresa Coble

    Theresa brings her professional and highly personal experience to speak about historical events and the need for grief. Events (either personal or historical) benefit from true and accurate telling along with room to grieve the loss. Truth, honesty and communication lead to healing.. Theresa G. Coble serves as the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in collaboration with Forest Park Forever. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Coble was a faculty member at West Virginia University (1997-2002) and Stephen F. Austin State University (2003-2015), working in the human dimensions of forestry and natural resources. Since 2011, Dr. Coble has served on the National Park Service Advisory Board Education Committee. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship that took her to the Graduate Institute of Environmental Education at National Taiwan Normal University. Dr. Coble currently serves as Vice-President for Administration and member of the board for the National Association for Interpretation in Fort Collins, Colorado. Working with the NPS, Dr. Coble helped develop, launch and administer a 100% online M.S. in Resource Interpretation (MSRI) program at SFASU. In 2015, she worked with an expanded set of partners (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NASA, Chabot Space & Science Center, UC Berkeley), to develop and pilot-test five Science and the Public Interface courses. At UMSL, Dr. Coble is spearheading a new online doctoral program focused on Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice, and Participatory Culture. Dr. Coble completed her graduate work in Chinese (M.A.) and Forest Resources (Ph.D.) at the University of Minnesota. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at