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AV-271065-20

Louisiana State University, Shreveport (Shreveport, LA 71115-2301)
Evan Reibsome (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
From Horror to Heroism: The Evolution of War Remembrance

A year-long public humanities project that would engage veterans and civilians on the theme of war remembrance, through a special topics course for discussion leaders and five public discussion sessions.

In the United States today, there exists a massive psychological and emotional gulf between civilian and military communities, which invariably leads to tension and misunderstanding. Our project, “From Horror to Heroism: The Evolution of War Remembrance,” seeks to bridge this gulf and alleviate these tensions by training students to facilitate robust conversations between veterans and civilians at a series of public events in the city of Shreveport in Spring 2021. At each event, participants will place celebratory narratives of the Civil War and the War on Terror (e.g., memorials, recruitment videos, political speeches, and video games) in dialogue with combatants’ horrific accounts of battle (e.g., photography, poetry, and literature). In our opinion, such juxtaposition highlights and corrects some of the most egregious misbeliefs surrounding the nature of war, misbeliefs that continue to haunt our military veterans.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$62,233 (approved)
$62,233 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 6/30/2021