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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