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AV-260595-18

Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI 53233-2237)
Katinka Hooyer (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

The Warrior's Path: Moral Injury, War, and Reclaiming the Soul

The training of eight veteran discussion leaders to conduct five discussion groups for veterans in greater Milwaukee on the moral and spiritual injuries of war.

In a society that focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder as the dominant narrative to describe the personal cost of war, the deeper moral or spiritual suffering veterans experience remains elusive. Moral and spiritual dialogues are key to developing civic understanding of the war experience. What types of moral injuries do wars create and how can we think more deeply about such suffering? The Warrior’s Path: Moral Injury, War and Reclaiming the Soul, uses humanities texts and multi-sensory techniques to elicit and reflect on these experiences. The program synthesizes poetry, Shakespeare’s plays and a graphic novel to explore the nature and diversity of moral injury. Warrior’s Path will train eight military Veterans as NEH Discussion Leaders to facilitate three cycles of veteran-to-veteran discussion groups, two veteran-to-civilian dialogues, and three radio shows. The program aims to prepare veterans to publicly discuss the moral impact of war, thus cultivating a deeper civic understanding.

Project fields:
Classical Literature; Comparative Literature; Psychology

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$90,857 (approved)
$90,857 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2019