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Touchstones Discussion Project, Inc. (Stevensville, MD 21666-2127)
Howard Zeiderman (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Completing the Odyssey: A Discussion Program for Veterans and Civilians

Parallel veterans and veteran-civilian discussion programs for approximately 30 participants, preceded by a workshop to train 10 discussion leaders.

Touchstones seeks to build on successes from its 2017-2018 NEH grant by replicating and refining its initially funded program, "Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home" with new veterans in 2019. They will read "The Odyssey" and works by modern veterans from the Vietnam war to present. The program will be co-led by veterans trained in a rigorous Preparatory Program. To bring this program to veterans' groups everywhere, Touchstones also proposes converting the program to print-on-demand Leader’s and Participant’s Guides for public access. For continuing programming with participants from the Completing the Odyssey programs in 2017-2018, additional veterans, and civilians, we propose: "Together: A Touchstones-NEH Discussion Program for Veterans and Civilians." This will be co-led by a civilian and a veteran trained during the Preparatory Program for "Completing the Odyssey." Participants will read and discuss Sebastian Junger's book "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging" and "The Odyssey."

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

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Education Programs

$97,784 (approved)
$97,784 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020