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Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. (Pomona, CA 91768-2557)
Michael J. Cholbi (Project Director: November 2018 to January 2020)
William Conrad Corley (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Elke Azpeitia (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
William Conrad Corley (Co Project Director: November 2019 to December 2019)
The American War Experience through California Voices

The training and mentoring of 10 discussion leaders to conduct two humanities-based discussion series for veterans and military dependents, one on-campus and one in the wider community, both focused on Californians’ experience of war and military service.

California has played a unique military, economic, and cultural role in the American war experience, becoming central in American discourse surrounding duty, patriotism, and pacifism. Organized into five historical chapters (World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Iraq/Afghanistan/war on terror, and the future of war), the proposed project will utilize texts (fiction and non-fiction), theatrical productions, and films to investigate themes emerging from California's distinctive relationship to the military and to the American experience of war. The project's discussions will be led by student veterans at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and trained by staff at the university's California Center for Ethics and Policy. This project is distinguished by its historical scope, spanning from World War I to the future of war; its focus on how stateside war experience has shaped American regional identity; and its inclusion of non-military populations in its yearlong dialogue.

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Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Education Programs

$65,152 (approved)
$65,152 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020