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St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)
Carolyn Vacca (Project Director: November 2016 to December 2019)
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

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Education Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$90,073 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019