Keynote: No Visible Bruises
Apr 23, 2020 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, and the novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing.
No Visible Bruises reveals how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it. No Visible Bruises was awarded the prestigious 2018 Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from the Columbia School of Journalism and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation. The book was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, one of Publishers Weekly’s top non-fiction books of 2019, and one The New York Times‘s Top 10 Books of 2019.
“No Visible Bruises is a seminal and breathtaking account of why home is the most dangerous place to be a woman. Through brilliant insights and myth-busting research, compelling storytelling, and a passionate focus on truth-telling, Rachel Louise Snyder places domestic violence exactly where it should be, smack in the center of everything. A tour de force.”
—Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues
Snyder has been an outspoken journalist on issues of domestic violence and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and others. She has traveled to more than fifty countries, covering stories of human rights, natural disasters and war. She lived, for six years, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia before relocating to Washington, DC in 2009. Originally from Chicago, Snyder holds a B.A. from North Central College and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Journalism at American University in Washington, DC.
“Terrifying, courageous reportage from our internal war zone, a fair and balanced telling of an unfair and unbalanced crisis in American family life.”
—Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning, bestselling author of The Noonday Demon, Far From the Tree, and Far and Away