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AV-255491-17

Governors State University (University Park, IL 60484-3165)
Rosemary Johnsen (Project Director: 10/28/2016 to present)
Andrae Marak (Co Project Director: 03/23/2017 to present)

War, Trauma, and the Humanities

An undergraduate course on war and trauma in four conflicts from World War I to the present, to be conducted with the assistance of trained student veterans.

The College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Veterans Resource Center at Governors State University proposes to conduct a multi-part program with the assistance of the NEH Dialogues on the Experiences of War grant. The program will recruit and train veteran students to serve as supplemental instructors and small group discussion leaders for a special-offering course featuring multiple literary genres, film, and digital humanities sources. The course will focus on the ways in which members of the military and their families experience trauma, culminating in a professional-quality video-recorded public townhall event and followed up the next semester by roundtable discussions. Exploring the expression of war experience in a range of humanities sources, military veterans and others involved in our program will make new connections among the humanities, war and trauma, and personal worldviews.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


AV-255496-17

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Jesse Kirkpatrick (Project Director: 10/31/2016 to present)
Edward Barrett (Co Project Director: 03/21/2017 to present)

Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War

A study and discussion program for veteran and active-duty military students and others on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impact of war.

The objective of the Coming Home project is to support study and discussion with U.S. military veterans and others using humanities sources in philosophy, history, literature, and poetry to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. In addition, the Coming Home project will: (1) serve as a resource not only for the program’s participants, but also for military veterans and others who wish to learn about and explore the program’s themes; and (2) help raise awareness among non-military members of the public about how the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of war impacts military veterans, military families, and society more broadly.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Literature, General; Philosophy, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-255502-17

Touchstones Discussion Project, Inc. (Stevensville, MD 21666-2127)
Howard Zeiderman (Project Director: 11/01/2016 to present)

Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home

A preparatory training program and three discussion series for veterans, using the Odyssey as a framework to engage themes of war and homecoming.

The Touchstones Discussion Project veterans program, Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home, will lead veterans of all backgrounds in dialogues regarding their experience of war and homecoming. The program will include three discussion groups with fifteen participants in each and will be led by NEH Discussion Leaders trained in the Touchstones method. The NEH Discussion Leaders will apply their training to engage all participants as active members whose individual perspectives deepen and broaden their collaborative discussions. The seminar groups will meet twice monthly at a public community center for four months. In each session participants will read selections from The Odyssey and consider other works about ancient war—the Trojan War in particular. Ancient works will be paired with modern selections from between World War II and current conflicts in the War on Terror. They include personal memoirs, correspondence, oral histories, poetry, ancient pottery art, photographs, and film.

Project fields:
Classics; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$96,541 (approved)
$96,541 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-255505-17

University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL 32514-5750)
David Ramsey (Project Director: 11/01/2016 to present)

War: Ancient and Modern

Two semester-long colloquia for veterans and military students, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders.

This project will recruit and train three faculty("faculty tutors")and three graduate students("graduate tutors")by means of an intensive preparation program ("Summer Institute") in July 2017 at the University of West Florida (UWF). Following the Institute,tutors will work in tandem to facilitate discussion-based reading groups("colloquia") for veterans beginning their education at UWF. Each colloquium focuses on a theme arising from reflection on the experience of war. The colloquia focus primarily on two wars, the Peloponnesian War and World War II, but the curriculum also includes selections that touch on the Persian War, the American Revolution, and the Spanish Civil War. The curriculum includes work from several different disciplines in the humanities: history, literature, philosophy, and art. It includes one ancient and one modern text in their entirety. The curriculum as a whole is designed to introduce veterans to the humanities and improve their quality of life on campus.

Project fields:
American Literature; History of Philosophy; Political History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,993 (approved)
$99,993 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2019


AV-255508-17

Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA 99258-1774)
Lisa Silvestri (Project Director: 11/01/2016 to present)
Rebekah Wilkins Pepiton (Co Project Director: 05/11/2017 to present)

Telling War: Soldiers' Accounts of Wartime Experiences

A semester-long training course and two discussion groups on soldiers’ accounts of their battlefield experiences in World War I and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Telling War, a project of Gonzaga University’s Center for Public Humanities, juxtaposes two eras of conflict, WWI and the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, as a framework and impetus for public dialogue. Telling War begins with the voices of Veterans by looking at “user-generated content” from WWI as well as Iraq & Afghanistan (i.e., letters, e-mails, poems, postcards, etchings, photos, songs, and videos). Using these frontline dispatches as a starting point, Veterans and community members will consider what modes of communication they used during their deployments and how those shaped what they could talk about, to whom, when, and where. A semester-long preparatory program will train discussion leaders to use a variety of humanities texts, art, and music to promote meaningful dialogue about the war experience. Discussion sessions will explore diverse methods of storytelling to draw out participants’ personal narratives through papermaking, podcasting, and the use of social media.

Project fields:
Communications; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,663 (approved)
$99,663 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


AV-255509-17

Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-0001)
Keith Brown (Project Director: 11/01/2016 to present)

Irregular Warfare: Experiences Across the Civil-Military Divide

A preparatory training program, two undergraduate bridge programs, and two discussion series for veterans on the experience of irregular or guerrilla warfare.

This project focuses on the experience of guerrilla and counter-insurgency conflicts, in which the fate of military personnel and civilians are intimately entwined. Drawing primarily on fiction and memoirs from four historical case-studies, the program begins with a preparatory 2-week program for 12-18 discussion leaders in June 2017, offered with the participation of Brown faculty and the Naval War College, and staff from the Student Veterans offices at Brown and other institutions. We will offer a bridge program for student veterans entering Brown and other academic institutions in the Providence area, in August 2017 and August 2018, over four days each time. The program will focus on the value and significance of humanities sources in civilian-military dialogue on the experience of war. The program will include an ongoing series of discussions on humanities sources on the experience of war, through the academic years 17-18 and 18-19 and open to veterans and interested public.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,957 (approved)
$99,957 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AV-255512-17

Valencia College (Orlando, FL 32811-2302)
Sean Lake (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)
Julie Montione (Co Project Director: 03/30/2017 to present)

Tragedy, Catharsis, and Reconciliation: Voices from Ancient and Modern Warfare

A semester-long humanities course for veterans with three related public events to be offered three times.


Valencia College Professors of Humanities Dr. Sean Lake and Julie Montione are applying as co-Project Directors to this program, Dialogues on the Experience of War. Through this project, Professors Lake and Montione will develop a veterans-only course entitled “Voices from Ancient and Modern Warfare.” The course will be developed during fall 2017 semester and offered spring 2018, fall 2018, and spring 2019 before the end of the grant period. The course is organized to train students as discussion leaders in the content of Classical texts, how to connect these texts to current veteran experiences and in the skills needed to lead discussion groups. The course will be structured with a service learning course component, and students will be prepared to lead discussions with other veterans and members of the community. The program centers around three essential questions with related course material to begin each discussion, and a community activity for each topic.

Project fields:
Classical History; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$96,868 (approved)
$96,868 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


AV-255516-17

Community College District 502 (Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599)
Franz Burnier (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Connections and Disconnections in US Military Conflicts: From the Illinois Frontier to the Global Frontier

A preparatory program for discussion leaders, an undergraduate seminar, and two public seminars in the Chicago area on the theme of “securing the frontier.” 

College of DuPage will conduct a three-part program focusing on two 20-year plus conflict periods under the theme of "securing the frontier". The overall outcome is to increase dialogue and knowledge among veterans, students and community members by examining primary and secondary perspectives on the causes and outcomes of these two selected conflict periods as portrayed in historical accounts and war literature.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$72,310 (approved)
$72,310 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 11/30/2018


AV-255518-17

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Our Trojan War: Ancient and Modern Expressions

Four ten-week veteran discussion groups and two public events on war-related themes in ancient Greek art and literature and modern American literature, to be conducted in the New York City area.

Our Trojan War – Ancient and Modern Expressions of War is the second year of a program that brings together veterans and their family members, scholars and public education staff to be trained to lead discussion and public programs that connects classical Greek literature with ancient artworks and contemporary literature by American veterans. After a five-week bi-weekly in-depth training program, discussion leaders will present four 10-week discussion programs in New York - at New York University, Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Society for Artistic Veterans at the American Red Cross in New York City.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,812 (approved)
$99,812 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-255526-17

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Warrior-Scholar Project

 Academic transition courses for enlisted veterans to be held in summer 2016 at Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, University of Chicago, University of Oklahoma, Yale University, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders.

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom, maximizes their education opportunities by helping them become better informed consumers of higher education, and increases the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school.

Project fields:
American Government; History, General; Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-255533-17

Humanities Texas (Austin, TX 78701-1506)
Melissa Huber (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Veterans’ Voices: A Reading and Discussion Series

Preparatory training programs and discussion groups in five Texas cities about the experience of war and military service from ancient times to the present.

Humanities Texas (HTx) requests a $99,000 Dialogues on the Experience of War Grant to expand our Veterans’ Voices program to five Texas cities. These programs bring veterans, military families, and members of the public together to read aloud from classical and literary texts about war, military service, and the return to civilian life. After the readings, experienced discussion leaders facilitate conversations among participants, exploring how the texts relate to their experiences and allowing for meaningful reflection on combat and civic responsibility. We have assembled an impressive task force of veterans and civilians with experience working with returning veterans and their families. HTx will organize a preparatory program to train NEH discussion leaders to conduct discussion groups in their communities. HTx will then organize Veterans’ Voices programs in Austin, College Station, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio in collaboration with educational institutions in each city.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,000 (approved)
$99,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 5/31/2018


AV-255537-17

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Anna Froula (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Soldier to Scholar Bridge Program

A summer bridge program for student veterans to study and discuss historical and literary treatments of World War I and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in relation to their own military experience.

The goal of the Soldier to Scholar bridge program is to provide access to war literature and film with historical national context to 15 incoming student veterans. Content will focus on WWI and on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NEH Discussion Leaders will comprise ECU faculty from the humanities, two consultant Modernists and American literature scholars, and the assistant director of SVS. The program will take place Monday August 7, 2017, through Friday, August 18 and provide three humanities credits to the participants, who will be guided by faculty in daily discussions. Student veteran participants will analyze humanities texts in relation to their own military experience.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$64,899 (approved)
$64,899 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/30/2019


AV-255542-17

Minnesota Humanities Center (St. Paul, MN 55106-2046)
Casey DeMarais (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Echoes of War

Veteran-led public discussion programs in three Minnesota communities, with a focus on war, place, and memory through World War I, and the Vietnam, and Iraq wars.

Echoes of War, a project of the Minnesota Humanities Center, will explore the multiplicity of Veterans’ experiences by examining the roots of war in a place and its past and the echoes of war in a people and their memories. The wars in Vietnam and Iraq will be studied in the context of colonial conflicts and World War I using literature, memoir, and personal histories. The project includes presentations by and discussions with visiting scholars including renowned poet Brian Turner, Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and noted historian Ron Milam. 10 NEH Discussion Leaders will participate in an intensive residential preparatory program that is grounded in the literature of war and training in discussion facilitation. A series of public discussions will be conducted in St. Paul, Northfield, and Winona, Minnesota.

Project fields:
History, Other; Literature, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


AV-255550-17

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Jennifer McKinnon (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

War in the Pacific: A Difficult Heritage

A preparatory training program and two one-week discussion series on the island of Saipan, focusing on the seventeenth-century Spanish-Chamorro Wars and the World War II Battle of Saipan.

War in the Pacific: Difficult Heritage, a project of East Carolina University (ECU) in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council (NMHC) and the Saipan Historic Preservation Office (HPO), will engage veterans, surviving civilian participants of WWII, and families of military service personnel in considering how difficult heritage, or heritage that relates to past conflicts, can be seen as universal to humanity and how it can be used to heal and renew. The starting point for this consideration will be to focus on the historical and modern warrior/veteran’s experience as it relates to our collective human experience of war and how we might come to understand and interpret the heritage created through conflicts as a shared, collective heritage.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$97,529 (approved)
$97,529 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-255553-17

St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)
Carolyn Vacca (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)

Ethics and War

A preparatory seminar for student veterans, and five discussion programs for Rochester area veterans, focused on ethics and war in World War I and in the Afghanistan/Iraq wars.

The proposed project will enhance our understanding of the historical resonance of war experiences and the applicability of that resonance to our understanding of pressing moral and ethical issues through the creation and implementation of a series of training and discussion opportunities, emphasizing the study of humanities sources about war, culminating in a variety of public discussions. Through the Discussion Leader preparation program and then the Discussion on the Experiences of War program, to be held in veteran-serving community sites, the following goals will be achieved: 1. Facilitate the sharing of experiences by applying best practices in text-based discussion. 2. Provide veterans the tools and an environment in which to better understand their wartime experience, through the examination of theoretical and doctrinal issues of recent wars. 3. Enable veterans to learn about the theory and practice of small wars and examine duty, patriotism, and loyalty in those conflicts.

Project fields:
Literature, Other; Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AV-255554-17

Appalachian State University (Boone, NC 28608-0001)
Valerie Wieskamp (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to present)
Harry Maddux (Co Project Director: 03/21/2017 to present)
Lynn Searfoss (Co Project Director: 03/21/2017 to present)
Harry Maddux (Co Project Director: 03/29/2017 to present)
Lynn Searfoss (Co Project Director: 03/29/2017 to present)

Blurred Boundaries: The Experience of War and Its Aftermath

Two discussion programs on the experience of war and its aftermath for student veterans, active-duty service members, and members of the community, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders, on the Civil War and Vietnam.


This project draws together veterans, their families, and community members in an effort to understand the multivalent nature of war and military experience through the reading and discussion of multi-modal texts in the humanities, including film, memoir, fiction, and photography. Such texts not only record the sociopolitical upheaval of war, but they also provide rich explorations of inner conflict experienced by combatants. Through contemplation and discussion of accounts of 2 wars, the American Civil War and the American War in Vietnam, accounts told through different modes of storytelling, we hope to open new possibilities for understanding war and its effect on individuals and communities.

Project fields:
Communications; Literature, Other; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,785 (approved)
$99,785 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AV-248333-16

Central Arkansas Library System (Little Rock, AR 72201-1624)
Alex Vernon (Project Director: 09/11/2015 to present)
Brad Mooy (Co Project Director: 07/12/2016 to present)

Fiction & Fact: A Dialogue with Veterans

Four discussion programs for Arkansas veterans and others on the themes of battlefield and homefront, World War I, Vietnam, and war and witness.
 

Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans provides opportunities for veterans to reflect on the war and the homecoming experiences through facilitated discussions based on different Humanities sources: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, art, museum exhibits, and oral histories. These sources draw chiefly from the First World War, the war in Vietnam, and the second war in Iraq. Preparatory retreats for the facilitators familiarize them with the source material, foster their shared inquiry techniques, and sensitize them to this particular audience. Over two years, veterans may participate in any of four distinct units focusing on these themes: (1) Battlefield and Homefront; (2) World War I; (3) Vietnam; and (4) War and Witness. Each unit involves two weekend discussion retreats for that set of veterans; a group blog supplements the retreat discussions. Veteran-civilian interactions occur through a film series and through special panels at the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Literature, General; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,772 (approved)
$99,772 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


AV-248374-16

Auburn University (Auburn, AL 36849-0001)
Mark Wilson (Project Director: 09/14/2015 to present)

Dialogues on the Experience of War

A literature and film discussion program, focusing on World War I and Vietnam, for veterans in Alabama communities, and two related semester-length courses in Alabama state correctional facilities.

Veterans, family members, and others will join past and present through six reading-discussion programs in six participating communities in Alabama, as well as in two semester-length courses offered in state correctional facilities in Alabama. Each discussion will be based on a different genre—fiction, memoir, and film—on World War One and the Vietnam War. Reading-discussion sessions will be led by NEH discussion leaders who have been prepared in a three-day residential program led by two content experts (one who is a veteran); one Veterans Administration counselor (also a veteran); one English professor who is an expert discussion leader (and also a veteran); one humanities council program director who has worked with groups on a similar program.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$74,127 (approved)
$74,127 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


AV-248384-16

University of Oklahoma, Norman (Norman, OK 73019-3003)
Alfred Bradford (Project Director: 09/14/2015 to present)

The Experience of War

A series of discussion sessions for an undergraduate course on war and military service, to be conducted at the University of Oklahoma.

This program will introduce veterans to the humanities and through the humanities to a dialogue based on their own experiences. As the Director of this program at the University of Oklahoma, I will prepare a course designed to do for other veterans what the humanities did for me. The course, "The Experience of War," will use original written sources and other media to introduce veterans to the humanities. We will ask veterans to use the humanities and their own experience to think about, and express their thoughts on, war as experienced by others through history and by themselves. They will find, first, that they have experienced what generations of soldiers have experienced before, and, second, they will find the words to describe their own experiences, and will thereby be able to articulate that experience, and become mentors for other veterans and for students who are not veterans, and for the community at large.

Project fields:
Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$84,457 (approved)
$84,457 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2018


AV-248403-16

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Jesse Kirkpatrick (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)
Edward Barrett (Co Project Director: 05/01/2016 to present)

Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War

Three discussion programs on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impact of military service, to be held at three locations in the Washington, DC area.

The objective of the Coming Home project is to support study and discussion with U.S. military veterans and others using humanities sources in philosophy, history, literature, and poetry to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. In addition, the Coming Home project will: (1) serve as a resource not only for the program’s participants, but also for military veterans and others who wish to learn about and explore the program’s themes; and (2) help raise awareness among non-military members of the public about how the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of war impacts military veterans, military families, and society more broadly.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Literature, General; Philosophy, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$81,597 (approved)
$81,597 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


AV-248409-16

National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-0152)
Richard Schramm (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Exploring the Experience of War

A program of reading and discussion groups for veterans in the Raleigh/Durham area and other locations in North Carolina on the themes of patriotism, loyalty, duty, sacrifice, and heroism.

The National Humanities Center in collaboration with the Chaplain’s Office at the Durham (NC) Veterans Administration Center (DVAC) proposes “Exploring the Experience of War,” a project that will train three teams of two volunteers each, recruited by the Chaplain’s Office from DVAC staff, to conduct discussion groups, focusing on the literature of war, for veterans in the DVAC’s service area. Led by four scholars, two of whom are veterans themselves, the training program will consist of five weekend seminars, one on each of the organizing themes identified by NEH. The volunteers will study rich syllabi representing multiple genres and conflicts. They will also receive instruction on how to conduct discussion groups. Out of the syllabi, under the guidance of the faculty, the leaders will fashion reading lists for discussion groups, each led by a different team, which will take place in early 2017 in Raleigh and Durham, NC, and in a third location, yet be determined.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


AV-248478-16

University Enterprises Corporation at CSUSB (San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318)
Jennifer Andersen (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Middle East: Dialogues on the Experience of War

A reading, viewing, and discussion program, at various sites in the Inland Empire region of California, on classical literature and the Greek-Trojan wars in dialogue with letters, articles, literature and documentaries about more recent conflicts.

Rumination about war has long been a significant part of public, civic culture in the West, as expressed in ancient Greek works such as Homer’s Iliad, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, and Euripides’ Hecuba -- which were recited or performed in the context of civic festivals. Using these ancient Greek texts as part of a dialogue, our proposed NEH program seeks to connect contemporary veterans to this longer tradition for thinking about the experience of war. Our program will foster conversations about some of the deepest, most intense and profound human experiences of fear, danger, risk, trust, betrayal, rage, alienation, guilt, loyalty and comradeship that human beings ever face – by means of fiction, documentary sources, and through the lives of military veterans. At each discussion, we will pair letters, articles, and documentary sources from more contemporary conflicts (the Vietnam War, Afghanistan War, Iraq War, Syrian Civil War) thematically with ancient sources.

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Project fields:
Classical Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,725 (approved)
$99,725 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


AV-248487-16

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Alice Freifeld (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)
Paul Ortiz (Co Project Director: 03/03/2017 to present)

National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on The Experience of War

A series of public discussions for veterans on experiences and representations of war, to be held at the University of Florida and at Gainesville’s Hippodrome State Theater.

Project designed to highlight the experiences of veterans in wartime situation using humanities sources as a means to discuss and explore those experiences. This project includes a preparatory graduate seminar led by UF faculty to train NEH Discussion Leaders who will then lead groups of local veterans in discussions based on 5 central themes. The discussion leaders will use humanities sources as a means to pose questions about the experiences of war in an attempt to make the experiences of veterans more visible.

Project fields:
Western Civilization

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$96,900 (approved)
$96,900 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


AV-248494-16

Maine Humanities Council (Portland, ME 04102-1012)
Elizabeth Sinclair (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Telling the Story: A Book Group for Veterans

A series of discussion groups for Maine veterans based on classical Greek and modern humanities sources.

"Telling the Story: a Book Group for Veterans" is a unique humanities initiative for Maine’s Veterans. A scholar-led, Veteran–centered reading and discussion program, the project helps Veterans form relationships with one another, reflect upon issues of particular interest or concern, and engage with materials that help them see their own stories as part of a larger human experience, connecting them with others across time and culture. The discussion groups will reach five communities throughout Maine over the course of two years, serving Veterans in Bangor, Brunswick, Portland, Sanford, and Augusta. The project will begin with a preparatory program that will prepare NEH Discussion Leaders to be effective facilitators for these groups. Facilitators will be trained in issues of concern to Veterans and will have a basic understanding of military culture. The preparatory session will offer guidance in how to facilitate discussions of ancient Greek epics and contemporary war literature.

Project fields:
American Literature; Ancient Literature

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$82,248 (approved)
$82,248 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


AV-248532-16

Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc. (Wellesley, MA 02481-4844)
Lela Hilton (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)

The Courage to Come Home: The Clemente Veterans' Initiative

Four six-part dialogues to be conducted at four different sites in four locations—Seattle, Phoenix, Antioch University, and Bard College—focused on the theme of coming home from war.
 

Clemente will host four, six-part dialogues in communities currently served by project partners. At least two of the series will be offered simultaneously to Clemente Courses specifically targeted to veterans, one in Phoenix for women only, and one in Seattle for the general population. The other two will be offered as independent series, or integrated into other Clemente programs. In all cases, our target audience will be veterans struggling to transition to civilian life, their families, and community support networks: case workers, judges and advocates from Veteran’s Courts. In preparation for the dialogues, faculty and visiting scholars in the humanities – moral philosophy, history of art, literature – as well as experts on serving veterans who are experiencing post-deployment challenges, will meet for 3 days in spring 2016 to engage in close readings and discussions of selected texts, design classroom strategies to engage non-traditional students.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,667 (approved)
$94,248 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


AV-248464-16

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Between Athens and Afghanistan: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War

Four veteran discussion groups and two large-scale public events focused on war-related themes in classical and contemporary literature and other art forms, to be conducted at locations in the greater New York City area.
 

Between Athens and Afghanistan – Ancient and Modern Expressions of War is a new program that will bring together veterans, scholars and public education staff to be trained to lead discussion and public programs that connect classic ancient Greek drama with ancient artworks and contemporary literature by American veterans. After an in-depth training program, discussion leaders will present four discussion programs in New York - at New York University, Columbia University, the Society for Artistic Veterans at the American Red Cross, and at The John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY. The program will inspire people to reflect on the connections between the culture of the ancient Greeks and issues affecting the veteran community today; it will train scholars and veterans to lead the four discussion groups and other humanities public programming formats, and it will be anchored by two large public events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,512 (approved)
$98,512 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


AV-248469-16

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

The Warrior-Scholar Project

A weeklong academic “boot camp” grounded in humanities texts and writing assignments designed to prepare veterans for the rigors of a four-year undergraduate education, to be conducted at Yale University, Syracuse University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 

Founded in 2011, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America's top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students by introducing them to the concepts of liberty and democracy through exposure to humanities.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


AV-248473-16

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Marian Jones (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

One Hundred Years of American Women in Uniform

Four fifteen-member discussion groups for veterans, to be held at University of Maryland, College Park and the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC on the experiences of female veterans in World War I and the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Our program will engage veteran-participants in reflecting upon on the experiences of female veterans in World War I and in OIF/OEF – the recent Iraq and Afghanistan was. These two conflicts have bracketed a century of American women’s participation in war. World War I, which sparked seismic social changes still being felt today, marked the official entry of women into the U.S. Armed Forces. OIF and OEF have involved women warriors in ways that would have been unthinkable a century ago. The contexts and consequences of these two conflicts also bear striking similarities, including large numbers of casualties from small explosives, swings in public opinion about the proper role of the U.S. in the conflict, and ambiguous outcomes. Such similarities make World War I and OIF/OEF particularly suitable for comparative discussion. Our program, to be held during four weekends and facilitated by student veteran discussion leaders who have undergone special training during a preparatory weekend

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Military History; Women's History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$82,693 (approved)
$68,759 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


AV-248477-16

Telling Project (Austin, TX 78704-3407)
Max Rayneard (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Planting the Oar

A series of humanities discussion groups on homecoming from military service, held at four locations around the United States.

The Telling Project seeks funding for PLANTING THE OAR. This initiative will seed communities throughout the United States with NEH Discussion Leaders equipped to lead Discussion Groups that bring veterans and civilians into conversation. Participants will examine the idea of homecoming in the wake of war through such canonical literary texts as The Odyssey, Othello, Wilfred Owen poetry, Mrs. Dalloway, and The Things They Carry. The final component of the program will be a reading of a Telling Project play script, and attendance / viewing of a Telling Project performance of veterans and military family members telling their stories to their communities. The Telling Project will partner with local theaters and humanities councils / centers to stage PLANTING THE OAR in four communities across the United States over two years. Each iteration of the program will seed a given community with 5 NEH Discussion Leaders, who will each facilitate Discussion Groups of up to 10 participants.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Classics; Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$90,830 (approved)
$90,830 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


AV-248436-16

New Hampshire Humanities (Concord, NH 03301-3852)
Kathy Mathis (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Dialogues on the Experience of War

A reading and discussion program for veterans focused on The Odyssey and contemporary literature about war, to be conducted in several locations in New Hampshire.
 

This project recognizes a) the power of storytelling and dialogue to address indirectly and safely the experience of war and the barriers that prevent returning soldiers from fully integrating into society; and b) that veterans are central to training teams, facilitating groups, and evaluating the project. We train three teams of facilitators and organize 14-week series for veterans in four sites. Developed by Roberta Stewart (Classics Department, Dartmouth), the model has operated in New Hampshire for seven years. Each facilitator team consists of a literary scholar, a health care provider and a veteran. Stewart writes that she has “heard remarkable commentary about what it’s like to lead men, and perceptive understandings of what’s lost in war. A combat veteran and a clinical psychologist said to me, ‘Homer offers veterans a map for coming home.’” This proposal combines Homer’s Odyssey with contemporary literature selected by veteran consultants.

Project fields:
American Studies; Classical Literature; Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$79,590 (approved)
$79,590 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


AV-248448-16

CUNY Research Foundation, Hunter College (New York, NY 10065-5024)
Christa Acampora (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)
Mariann Weierich (Co Project Director: 05/01/2016 to present)

The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair

A discussion series on war and morality, principally for veterans from Hunter College and other campuses of the CUNY system.

The Experience of War: Moral Injury and Transformation” integrates a discussion series and curriculum development targeted to military veterans. First, discussion leaders will be trained to facilitate intensive reading and discussion of monumental works in the humanities that were selected for their emphasis on the moral complexity of human experience. These texts will be paired with contemporary works that apply humanistic perspectives to the experience of wars both ancient and modern. Second, groups of veterans will meet for a series of discussions and related capstone experiences through which they will interact with distinguished researchers in this important area of inquiry. Through the theme of moral injury and transformation, we will guide discussion participants to probe a variety of forms of human activity that expand our moral imagination to understand experience, offer relief, extend opportunities for grief, and open spaces to recognize and lay claim to triumph.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$90,594 (approved)
$90,594 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


AV-248449-16

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Warrior-Scholar Project: University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Vassar College

Summer 2016 academic transition courses for enlisted veterans held at the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Vassar College, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders.

Founded in 2011 by Yale University graduates, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America's top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students by introducing them to the concepts of liberty and democracy through exposure to humanities.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


AV-248453-16

Minnesota Humanities Center (St. Paul, MN 55106-2046)
Susannah Ottaway (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)
Trista Matascastillo (Co Project Director: 03/03/2016 to present)

Echoes of War

A public discussion program offered by the Minnesota Humanities Center for veterans to explore the lived and recorded experiences of war through literature and war memorials.

Echoes of War, a project of the Minnesota Humanities Center, will explore how war is remembered and memorialized in contrast to and relationship with the lived experiences of Veterans. This project will use Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, an anthology by Great Books Foundation, as its core resource and it will involve the study of war memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol. Echoes of War will be co-lead by Dr. Susannah Ottaway, a professor of history at Carleton College, and Trista Matascastillo, Humanities Center program officer and 16-year Veteran. Ten NEH Discussion Leaders will participate in an immersive 5-day residential preparatory program that will prepare them to lead subsequent public discussions. The preparatory program will involves intensive grounding in the literature of war, training in discussion facilitation, and an examination of war memorials. A three-part public discussion series will be held at the Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, and at Carleton

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Project fields:
History, Other; Literature, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017