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Governors State University (University Park, IL 60484-3165)
Rosemary Erickson Johnsen (Project Director: October 2016 to December 2019)
Andrae Marak (Co Project Director: March 2017 to December 2019)
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.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Literature, General

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Education Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$92,063 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018