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AV-286734-22

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO 64110-2235)
Rebecca Best (Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Bridging the Civil-Military Gap: What Happens When Soldiers Become Civilians Again?

A program to train and mentor 12 student veterans as discussion leaders for a 120-student undergraduate course on narratives of war and the relationships between civilian societies and their military communities. 

Our program will focus on the ways veterans and others have translated experiences of war into novels, memoirs, songs, and films; the challenges of accurately representing these experiences; and the crucial ways that narrative can connect civilian and military communities. The program’s three components are: (1) the recruitment and initial training of student veterans as supplemental instructors (SIs) in cooperation with UMKC’s At Ease Zone, the Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE), and the ICSI, (2) an interdisciplinary course facilitating a holistic examination of military-civilian relationships across time and culture, with emphasis on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Argentina’s Dirty War, and (3) a series of follow-up meetings with the SIs aimed at processing and integrated lessons learned and preparing for the following year’s program.

Project fields:
American Studies; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,997 (approved)
$99,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2022 – 7/31/2023


AV-286742-22

Bowie State University (Bowie, MD 20715-9465)
Karen Cook-Bell (Project Director: October 2021 to April 2022)
Karen Cook-Bell (Project Director: April 2022 to present)
Roger Davidson (Co Project Director: April 2022 to present)
War and Memory

An undergraduate seminar to train ROTC cadets and student veterans as discussion leaders, followed by a series of discussions with local veterans focused on personal and public memory in the Civil War and the Vietnam War through letters, literature, and historical writings.  

The Bowie State University (BSU) Department of History and Government, the BSU Department of Military Science, and the Honors College proposes to conduct a three-part program under the auspices of the NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War grant. The program, which will train Senior Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadets and advanced student veterans to conduct discussion groups with local veterans, will explore how two wars, the Civil War and the Vietnam War, are imagined and remembered through three central themes: service, sacrifice, and reintegration. At the core of memories of war is an array of collective meditations on war and the victims of war. Before it became history, war became memory, since the experience of a great tragedy was felt at an individual, personal level. The narratives of war are thus made after an irrevocable “privatization” of the tragedy. The soldiers and civilians directly affected by the tragedy are faced with the direct, concrete, detai

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$82,339 (approved)
$81,655 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 4/30/2023


AV-286749-22

St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)
Carolyn Vacca (Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Frederick Henry Dotolo (Co Project Director: May 2022 to present)
Meaning and Dimensions of Service: Duty, Loyalty, and Culture in War

The training and mentoring of student veterans to facilitate dialogues on service in WWI and in Afghanistan and Iraq, followed by discussion programs with veterans and military interpreters in the Rochester community. 

St. John Fisher College will offer a discussion series on the Meaning and Dimensions of Service: Duty, Loyalty, and Culture in War. This program builds on two previous Dialogues grants, which have engaged students, student veterans, and veterans, extending their reach to include Afghan interpreters/Special Immigrant Visa holders and delving into discussions about the definition of service, the lines of duty, the claims of loyalty, and their relationship to culture. Using humanities resources on World War I and the ‘small wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, including literary, historical, television/film, and archival sources, trained discussion leaders will facilitate community dialogues with veterans. The thematic content of the dialogues will be informed by community partners and content experts who will provide a unique cultural awareness. The project will build an inclusive veteran community, one that recognizes interpreters, and provide historical context on these compelling issues.

Project fields:
Literature, General; Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,684 (approved)
$99,684 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 4/30/2024


AV-286755-22

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL 60612-4305)
Therese Quinn (Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Aaron Hughes (Co Project Director: March 2022 to present)
Ronak K. Kapadia (Co Project Director: March 2022 to present)
Joseph Lefthand (Co Project Director: April 2022 to present)
Visualizing Parallels Between the US ‘Indian Wars’ and the ‘Global War on Terror’

An eight-month preparatory program for veteran curator-artists and museum studies graduate students, followed by their collaborative facilitation of public discussion programs on veterans’ artistic responses to war experiences.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), in partnership with the emerging Veteran Art Movement (eVAM), proposes an NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War program that incorporates academic study, curatorial practices, and focus group discussions culminating in veteran-led discussion forums at the second National Veteran Art Triennial and Summit at the Chicago Cultural Center and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. Through this partnership, UIC and eVAM will develop a comprehensive program that prepares a cohort of predominantly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) veteran artists/community leaders who served in the Global War on Terror (GWOT) as humanities discussion leaders.These veteran fellows will study an interdisciplinary cross-section of humanities sources that illuminate the connections and contradictions between the eighteenth and nineteenth-century US “Indian Wars” and twenty-first-century “GWOT” across time and space.

Project fields:
American Studies; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2022 – 7/31/2023


AV-286762-22

Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco, CA 94108-1527)
Justin Hoover (Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Montgomery Hom (Co Project Director: April 2022 to present)
War Heroes: Chinese American Experiences

The training of 20 veterans from the San Francisco Bay area as discussion leaders, followed by a series of six public discussions on Chinese American veteran experiences in wars from WWII to the present. 

The Chinese Historical Society of America and the WWII Chinese American GI Project will collaborate to host a series of discussions titled, War Heroes: Chinese American Experiences. This series of programs will uplift Chinese American veteran experiences in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Gulf and Afghanistan Wars while discussing humanities sources such as documentaries, memoirs, and historical writings that documented Asian American experiences. Discussions will cover themes from training, going overseas and their return home. These perspectives are often overlooked in history but this program will uplift and recognize their service and contributions to America. The project team will recruit discussion facilitators and participants from San Jose State University, Burdick Memorial Military History Project; Civilian Liaison to the Army; Chinese American Citizens Alliance; American Legion Cathay Post 384; Veterans of Foreign Wars; National WWII Museum among other organizations.

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 4/30/2024


AV-279610-21

Michigan Humanities Council (Okemos, MI 48864-6011)
Versell Smith (Project Director: October 2020 to August 2021)
Celeste L. Diehm (Project Director: August 2021 to present)
Shared Missions, Many Stories

The training and mentoring of student veterans at two universities to lead campus- and state-wide dialogues on female combatants in the Civil War and the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Working with an advisory committee consisting of veterans (emphasis on student and women veterans), faculty from CMVE member colleges and universities, veteran administration counselors, corporate veteran’s association representatives, and community members, Michigan Humanities will develop a program designed to train student reflective conversation facilitators, and hold at least three reflective community conversations both on campus and in the community.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 11/30/2022


AV-279572-21

Regents of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733)
Max Shulman (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Jennifer Kling (Co Project Director: March 2021 to present)
To the Battlefield and Back Again: Conversations on War, Trauma, and Life After Service

A preparatory program and three discussion groups for 60 veteran and active-duty service members from Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

To the Battlefield and Back Again: Conversations on War, Trauma, and Life After Service, seeks to facilitate an extended, community-based exploration of three themes: “Discourses on Going to War,” “The Modern Battlefield: Warfighters and Trauma,” and “Coming Home/Home Front.” Within each theme, we will consider the Trojan War, World War II, and Afghanistan/Iraq, enabling participants to situate and compare diverse military experiences across time and cultures. Leaders and participants in each thematically-based discussion group will come from the Colorado Springs civilian and veteran communities, and from the many active-duty service members and military-associated civilians who are housed in and around the military installations in the Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak region.

Project fields:
Ethics; Philosophy, Other; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$98,173 (approved)
$98,173 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


AV-279585-21

SUNY Research Foundation, University at Buffalo (Amherst, NY 14228-2577)
Vasiliki Neofotistos (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Lisa Butler (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Bonnie Vest (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Developing a Sense of Meaningful Belonging Among Veterans

A six-day training program for six leaders and two monthly discussion programs for 15-20 participants, to be held at the State University of New York at Buffalo and surrounding area.

The University at Buffalo, in collaboration with the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries, and the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, proposes a project, titled “Developing a Sense of Meaningful Belonging Among Veterans.” The project will take place from 05/2021 until 10/2022 in Buffalo, NY. The project consists of an in-person six-day preparatory program to train six discussion leaders, and of two in-person series of six monthly discussion programs for veterans. The project also includes an exhibition of veterans’ photographs and a public panel discussion at the downtown Public Library in April 2022. The project aims to facilitate rich discussions and deep reflections on how veterans establish meaningful social connections and support veterans in this quest. The project team comprises humanities scholars, a social scientist, a discussion facilitation expert, and an Army combat veteran and social worker.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2022


AV-279589-21

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Alisha Ali (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Joe Salvatore (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Life After Prison, Life After War: Veterans in Transition to Civilian Life

A discussion leader training program and three eight-week discussion groups for 70 incarcerated veterans, co-sponsored with the DE-CRUIT program.

New York University, the DE-CRUIT Veterans Transition Program, and NYU’s Prison Education Program propose a series of discussion groups for veterans who have been previously incarcerated. The groups will examine writings by Shakespeare and other plays, poetry, short prose, and historical texts and will apply that examination to an analysis of events and experiences connected to World War I and the War in Afghanistan. The discussions will illuminate the following themes: (a) the insights that can be gained from exploring war and the veteran experience in supporting the post-prison transition, and (b) the role of camaraderie and community in overcoming trauma and readjusting to civilian life. All of the veterans who will train to be discussion leaders will have previously completed the DE-CRUIT program and have served as DE-CRUIT facilitators. Authors of many of the key humanities sources will co-lead discussions of their writings alongside the veteran discussion leaders.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,910 (approved)
$99,910 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


AV-279594-21

Utah State University (Logan, UT 84322-1400)
Susan R. Grayzel (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Molly Swanson Cannon (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Bringing War Home: Object Stories, Memory, and Modern War

The training of student veterans to lead statewide public discussions for veterans and civilians on the experiences and commemoration of war through material culture.

Bringing War Home enables participants to develop a deeper understanding of the material world of modern war and its incorporation into our families and our efforts to memorialize and commemorate these conflicts. We will do so in several ways. First, through community conversations, aimed at bridging the divide between combatant and civilian memories of war, of Tim O’Brien’s classic story of the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried. Second, by co-teaching a web broadcast class on the material culture and history of 20th-century war that trains students especially those who are veterans to collect and document material culture narratives. Third, via public events featuring workshops on material culture preservation and oral history, where veterans and families are encouraged to bring objects from their own collections for documentation and inclusion in our digital archive. Finally, through community discussions based on the object stories collected in the digital archive.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Anthropology

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,890 (approved)
$99,890 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


AV-279598-21

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Henry Carl Bayerle (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Talking about Service: The Concept of Duty from Ancient Rome to WWII and Vietnam.

A graduate course to prepare Emory students to lead discussions for veterans, followed by their facilitation of four parallel discussion series on the experiences of war read through The Aeneid and selected works on the Vietnam War.

Emory University proposes to organize a program of discussion groups that will meet five times. In Talking about Service, participants will explore aspects of the concept of duty from wars in ancient Rome to World War II and Vietnam through a close reading of Virgil's Aeneid, transcriptions from interviews of veterans collected over the past ten years in Georgia, and other historical documents. They will also discuss readings from the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian and Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History by Wallace Terry. A discussion leader preparation program will draw on the expertise of Emory faculty. A distinctive feature of this application is the institutional context, which includes a vibrant Humanities Center and significant relationships with regional Veterans Administration services, the Centers for Disease Control, and an extensive network of health and wellness programming designed specifically for veterans.

Project fields:
Classical Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$67,935 (approved)
$67,935 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


AV-279607-21

Longwood University (Farmville, VA 23909-1800)
Eric B. Hodges (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Civil War, Civil Rights, and Civic Duty: The African American Experience of War

The training of 10 veterans to co-facilitate two series of humanities-based discussions of African American combat veterans’ experiences in the Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Civil War, Civil Rights, and Civic Duty: The African American Experience of War, a project of Longwood University, will focus on the neglected narrative of the African American experience of war. The project will focus on the involvements of black combat veterans in three historically distinct conflicts: the American Civil War, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Themes for the project include civil rights and patriotism, the role of race in war, homecoming, and the experiences of black women in war. Those topics will be explored through multiple humanities sources including historical documents, literary selections, public history, and film. In 2022, ten discussion leaders will participate in an intensive residential preparatory program that is grounded in the humanities and receive training in discussion facilitation. A series of discussions with African American combat veterans (male and female) will be conducted at the historic Moton Museum.

Project fields:
American Government; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,550 (approved)
$99,549 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2023


AV-279608-21

Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc. (New York, NY 10065-8014)
Lela Hilton (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Democracy and Duty: Activating Service

A preparatory training program hosted by Oregon Humanities and three discussion sessions for 15-20 participants, to be held in Dorchester, MA; Blacksburg, VA; and one remote session utilizing the SAKAI learning management system.

Our goal for these Dialogues is to explore the call to military service and offer opportunities for reconciling and repurposing that call into service in civilian life. These three Dialogues will engage 15-20 students (mostly veterans plus invited civilians) with primary sources drawn from moral philosophy, US history, literature, and images. Through letters, speeches, essays, poems, fiction, music, painting, photography, film, and architecture, we will explore Homeric epics, the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and WWI, to ask questions that challenge our assumptions about service, duty, and equality. In keeping with NEH’s goals for A More Perfect Union, studying these wars through the lens of service, allows us to better understand how US history informs and guides our service to our democracy, both as soldiers and citizens. The Dialogues will be team-taught over a series of 14 weeks and culminate in a service-learning project. (Dialogues faculty Jack Cheng and Jim Dubinsky are

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$98,455 (approved)
$93,360 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 9/30/2023


AV-279609-21

USS Constitution Museum, Inc. (Boston, MA 02129-0215)
Sarah Watkins (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Sailors Speak: The Impact of War on Naval Veterans, their Families, and the Country

The training of facilitators to lead three discussion series for naval veterans and their families, based on historical documents and material culture from the War of 1812 and the post-9/11 wars.

"Sailors Speak" is a humanities-based discussion program for navy veterans, their adult family members, and the general public. Using USS Constitution as a lens, the program examines the War of 1812 and the Global War on Terror through multimedia primary sources. This five-day preparatory program will train ten veteran and non-veteran facilitators to lead three distinct discussion series for naval veterans and their families. Participants will interpret their own experiences as veterans and military family members in a historical context exploring similarities, changes and universal themes. Themes include motivation for joining the navy; impact of separation on families; naval service and the experience of war; returning home and reintegration; and commemoration and memory. Through this project, discussion leaders, humanities scholars, mental health professionals and those with first-hand experience will promote community building, connection, and healing through open dialogue.

Project fields:
Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$96,264 (approved)
$96,264 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


AV-271086-20

National University (La Jolla, CA 92037-1011)
Lorna L. Zukas (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Alexander Zukas (Co Project Director: June 2020 to present)
A Soldier's Place: Veterans and Civilians Speaking About War

A year-long training and discussion program organized by faculty at National University, in collaboration with the Veteran Center and veteran-student alumni.

A Soldier’s Place: Veterans and Civilians Speaking about War is a collaborative project between faculty in National University’s College of Letters and Sciences, Veteran Center, and veteran-student alumni to conduct a year-long training and discussion program under the auspices of the NEH “Dialogues on the Experiences of War” grant. The project uses humanities sources to achieve two goals: first, to explore war and the themes of trauma, loyalty, heroism, and homecoming and their effects on individuals and societies and, second, to develop a space for veterans and others to have meaningful and transformative conversations through facilitated discussions focused on those themes. With a repertoire of epic poetry, narrative non-fiction, military biography, film, and memoir, the humanities provide important intellectual and cultural frames which can give veterans the perspective they need in order to understand better what they have seen, what they have done, and what has been done to them.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$98,412 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


AV-271091-20

St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)
Carolyn Vacca (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Frederick Henry Dotolo (Co Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Dialogues on Ethics, Civic Engagement, and Military Service

An expansion of a 2017 Dialogues on the Experience of War public discussion program for veterans in the greater Rochester community, which trains student veterans to lead discussions of ethics, civic engagement, and the experiences of war and military service.

The project will provide insight into historical resonance of war experiences and the applicability of that resonance to our understanding of pressing moral and ethical issues through the 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, 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 and their families 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 and their families to learn about the theory and practice of small wars and examine duty, patriotism, and loyalty in those conflicts.

Project fields:
Literature, General; Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,263 (approved)
$99,263 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


AV-271040-20

Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI 53233-2237)
Katinka Hooyer (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Expanding the Warrior's Path: War, Moral Injury and Reclaiming the Soul

An expansion of a 2018 Dialogues on the Experience of War project that focuses on moral injury from the experience of war, with extended discussion leader training and a revised syllabus.

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 obscured. These moral and spiritual dialogues are key to developing civic understanding of the war experience and require sustained discussions over time. What types of moral injuries do wars create? How do veterans' varying identities influence their experiences and how can we think more deeply about such suffering? This program synthesizes poetry, Shakespeare’s plays and graphic novels to explore the nature and diversity of moral injury. Warrior’s Path will train six veterans as Discussion Leaders to facilitate two series of 10-week veteran-to-veteran discussion groups and five veteran-to-civilian dialogues. The program aims to prepare veterans to publicly discuss the moral impact of war, thus cultivating a deeper civic understanding of this experience.

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Project fields:
Literature, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$97,740 (approved)
$97,740 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


AV-271045-20

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Jason Matthew Kelly (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Raymond J. Haberski (Co Project Director: April 2020 to present)
Justice and War: The Experiences of Military Personnel and their Families

A facilitator training program and subsequent public discussion series on justice and war for 25-30 veterans and civilians in the Indianapolis area, and a publicly-accessible online platform for related humanities, pedagogical, and training resources.

The “Justice and War: The Experiences of Military Personnel and their Families” program works with veterans, active service members, their families, and civilians to explore the relationship between the lived experiences of war and concepts of justice. Comparing two key moments in US history—the Spanish-American War and the Vietnam War—we will put participants’ own experiences in dialogue with the past by focusing on: historical justice; duty and justice; heroism and justice; suffering and justice; loyalty and justice; and patriotism and justice. There are 4 outputs of this project: 1) a new university course on justice and war; 2) a 3-seminar public humanities program, which will be offered twice over the course of the funding period; 3) a training program for seminar leaders; 4) and an open access, online platform that includes pedagogical materials, training frameworks, historical documents, and video so that the program can be replicated in other communities.

Project fields:
Intellectual History; U.S. History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$89,979 (approved)
$89,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2020 – 7/31/2023


AV-271049-20

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Sheena M. Eagan (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Anna Froula (Co Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Odysseus Goes to University: Veteran to Scholar Bootcamp

The revised reprisal of a 2017 Dialogues on the Experience of War summer bridge program for a total of 30 student veterans to explore the topics of homecoming and reintegration through literature, film, folklore, and medical humanities.

Many military veterans have struggled to make the transition from military culture to university culture. Showing up alone on the first day of classes can be intimidating, especially to student Veterans who might feel out of touch with the traditional undergraduate population, those who might not yet feel that they belong in a university, and those who are unused to being in control of their own schedules. To intervene, East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina, proposes to a “Veteran to Scholar Boot Camp.” This program aims to build community and understanding by cultivating discussions about war experience through the study of humanities texts. Simultaneously, the program prepares these students for academic success through an orientation to student services on campus, while also providing unique opportunities to gain comfort in the classroom setting and develop important scholarly skills (such as reflective writing, critical reading and thinking skills, etc.).

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$97,163 (approved)
$97,163 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2022


AV-271055-20

Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6706)
Sarah Myers (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
We are Veterans Too: Women’s Experiences in the U.S. Military

A two-day workshop to prepare facilitators to lead discussion programs for veterans in five host communities in the United States. 

The title of this program, “We are Veterans Too,” acknowledges the fact that female veterans desire recognition as veterans (rather than as female veterans) in the context of an American culture that continues to perpetuate the memory of veterans and of the experience of war as male. The purpose of focusing specifically on female veterans is to create an atmosphere where female veterans and current military service members can talk about their experiences and sensitive subjects openly and in safe spaces. Such forums will allow them to address the unique challenges they face in the American military and general public. The discussion workshops will be held in states with the largest population of veterans and at institutions with already existing veteran network. Ultimately, these workshop readings and primary sources will allow them to identify with the past and also reconcile change or continuity over time for the woman in uniform.

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Project fields:
Military History; Women's History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$64,593 (approved)
$64,593 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2022


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)
$48,876 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


AV-271066-20

Humanities Texas (Austin, TX 78701-1506)
Melissa Huber (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Eric Lupfer (Co Project Director: November 2021 to present)
Veterans' Voices: A Reading and Discussion Series

The expansion of a 2017 Dialogues on the Experience of War public discussion series on the themes of service, honor, and justice, which would include additional locations, new institutional partners, and enhanced training programs for discussion leaders.

Humanities Texas (HTx) requests a $99,959 Dialogues on the Experience of War Grant to continue expanding our Veterans’ Voices program in three Texas cities. These programs bring veterans, military families, and members of the public together to read aloud from classical and literary texts about war, military service, and the return to civilian life. After the readings, experienced discussion leaders facilitate conversations among participants, exploring how the texts relate to their experiences and allowing for meaningful reflection on combat and civic responsibility. We have assembled an impressive task force of veterans and civilians with experience working with returning veterans and their families. HTx will organize preparatory programs to train Discussion Leaders to conduct discussion groups in their communities. HTx will then organize Veterans’ Voices discussion programs in College Station, Denton, and El Paso in collaboration with educational institutions in each city.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,959 (approved)
$99,959 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


AV-271084-20

Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Barbara W. Citera (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Michael W. Marks (Co Project Director: March 2020 to October 2021)
Richard Nicholls (Co Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Thunder of War - Winds of Return

A course for twelve student veterans to learn to lead discussions for veterans on post-war homecoming, followed by their facilitation of discussion sessions held in three locations in southern Arizona for 30-35 veterans each.

This University of Arizona project reaches out to the diverse communities of Southern Arizona to provide three different discussion fora to engage veterans, students, faculty, and members of the community to explore the experiences of our veterans’ journeys home including: The reintegration of veterans into their communities, the varied experiences and challenges for different generations of vets, and the complicated duality of the sentiment “Thank You for Your Service,” which has existed throughout America’s history in relation to its “former” warriors. It ultimately aims to leverage the critical and compassionate lens so characteristic of the humanities to bring healing and wholeness to veterans who are facing the challenges commonly experienced by warriors returning home. With this practical, applied approach, we aim to empower our student-veterans and participants to tell their own stories, increase their self-efficacy, and effectively navigate the winds of return.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Military History; Public History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$98,921 (approved)
$98,921 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 10/31/2022


AV-265854-19

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

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AV-265909-19

National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-0152)
Andrew Mink (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Hilary Lithgow (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms Understand the Military Experience

A one-year program for 30 veterans who are schoolteachers in Virginia and North Carolina to prepare them to lead humanities-based discussions on war and military service in their communities and classrooms.

In this project, the National Humanities Center (NHC) will work with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to give veterans who are currently in-service public school educators an opportunity to deepen their understandings of their military service through the study of literary texts that reflect their experiences in both conflict and peace. This cohort will create school-based projects that model the same approach in their communities with large percentages of military and active duty personnel, focusing on students, families, and community members.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,862 (approved)
$99,862 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


AV-265910-19

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

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


AV-265916-19

David J. Drakulich Foundation for Freedom of Expression (Reno, NV 89508-8127)
Tina Drakulich (Project Director: November 2018 to October 2020)
Noel Lipana (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Duty and War's Impact on Women

A preparatory workshop and literary discussion program on the theme of duty and women’s experience of war from World War I to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, to be offered to veterans and civilians in five locations in Nevada over a two-year period.

Duty: War’s Impact on Women is a two year discussion group program. Preparatory Leaders will lead discussions surrounding the theme of duty, exploring duty towards homecoming and reintegration through the lens of women's literature; and develop a cadre of prepared discussion leaders who will facilitate Discussion groups in the state of Nevada, which is largely underserved by the humanities and overburdened with the state’s high percentage of veterans. Duty: War’s Impact on Women will use humanities sources and the Socratic Method to introduce the topic of women’s service in war, provide opportunities to build understanding about the experiences of service members and issues veterans face as they return to civilian life, and to promote the humanities through an exploration of women’s literature.

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Project fields:
Military History; Women's History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$75,688 (approved)
$75,688 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2022


AV-265985-19

University of Hawaii Systems (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)
Aris Banaag (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Ka Ho'ea Mai Ana: The Warriors' Home Arrival

Preparatory training sessions and discussion groups that integrate veterans’ experiences into an ancient Native Hawaiian rite of passage, for Maui County veterans.

Ka Ho?ea Mai Ana, the warrior’s arrival home is a moment of joy and sorrow, relief and remorse with human responses that transcend time. Ka! Mauli! is an ancient Native Hawaiian practice to reintegrate male and female warriors consisting of: 1) The Rite of Ka Mauli—the choice to enter the military, 2) ?Uo and Malina Ke Kino—integration of strengths gained through service, and 3) ?Uo Ke Kino Wailua—making meaning of the experience. These core concepts will be brought to life through cultural demonstrations providing an empowering lens to explore expressive genres spanning U.S. conflicts. The program will include two large-scale discussions (75-100 participants), two 14-week small-group discussion sessions (20 participants), and a preparatory training for discussion leaders (5 peer and 5 community vet leaders). Results include: 1) increased awareness for 75-100 community members, 2) therapeutic experience for 20 small-group participants, and 3) 10 trained leaders to continue discussions.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$60,194 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


AV-265992-19

Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL 32811-2302)
Sean Lake (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Julie Montione (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Expanding the Conversation: Catharsis Across Campuses

An expansion of a 2017 Dialogues on the Experience of War project to prepare eleven faculty members to incorporate content and lead discussions about war and military experience in their existing humanities courses.

After successful implementation of the initial Dialogues on the Experience of War grant, Professors Dr. Sean Lake and Julie Montione seek to expand the impact of the project by training eleven faculty members to lead ongoing and sustained discussions in their own existing Humanities courses. Eleven faculty members will participate in a professional development program, designed to create academic content that can be infused into current high-enrollment Humanities courses. This enhanced Humanities curriculum will reach more veterans and more civilians, providing additional opportunities for dialogues facilitated by trained faculty. The most successful components of the initial award will repeat including the special veteran section of Greek and Roman Humanities (taught by Lake and Montione), along with the highly impactful public events, which are linked to the lesson plans and discussions incorporated into the enhanced courses.

Project fields:
Classical History; Military History

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$91,517 (approved)
$91,517 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 7/31/2021


AV-266016-19

Maine Humanities Council (Portland, ME 04102-1012)
Elizabeth Sinclair (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Jan Bindas-Tenney (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)
Hard Journeys Home: A Book Group for Justice-Involved Veterans

The training of scholars and veterans to convene discussion groups at 10 sites for veterans who are incarcerated or supported by rehabilitation programs within the Maine courts system.

“Hard Journeys Home: a Book Group for Justice-involved Veterans" is a unique humanities initiative for Maine Veterans involved in the criminal justice system. A scholar-led, Veteran–centered reading and discussion program, the project helps Veterans form relationships with one another, reflect upon issues of particular concern, and engage with materials that help them see their own stories as part of a larger human experience. The groups will serve incarcerated Veterans in county jails and state prison facilities, as well as participants in the Veterans Court, a diversionary program of the Maine Judiciary. The project will begin with a preparatory program for NEH Discussion Leaders and co-facilitators. Participants will be provided an orientation to military culture and the special concerns related to facilitating humanities-based discussions in a corrections setting. The preparatory session will offer guidance in how to facilitate discussions of ancient and contemporary literature.

Project fields:
American Literature; Ancient Literature

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$98,779 (approved)
$98,779 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 7/31/2022


AV-266018-19

Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc. (New York, NY 10065-8014)
Mark Edward Santow (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Clemente Veterans' Initiative: Providence, RI

Four 12-week Dialogues on the Experience of War seminars for between 15-20 military veterans and interested civilians per seminar, preceded by a preparatory program for ten seminar discussion leaders.

The Providence Clemente Veterans’ Initiative offers two 12-week Dialogues on the Experience of War, weaving together History, Moral Philosophy, Literature, Art History/Film and Public speaking. Aimed at veterans struggling with readjustment to civilian life, it is open to all regardless of discharge status. We developed this proposal based on two decades of experience with the Clemente Course, which offers free humanities courses to low-income adults, and after successful completion of a pilot program offering Clemente to veterans. Interdisciplinary exploration of the humanities, in community with others, enables veterans to make sense of their often profound and soul-shaking experiences. We will discuss the Peloponnesian War, the Civil War, Vietnam, and post-9/11 conflicts, as well as the internal conflicts that soldiers often experience in service and coming home. Vets will be taught to lead discussions themselves, bringing them into community and dialogue.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,330 (approved)
$99,330 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


AV-266019-19

Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc. (New York, NY 10065-8014)
Lela Hilton (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Clemente Veterans' Initiative: Tacoma, WA; Houston, TX; and Newark, NJ

A preparatory program for ten discussion leaders, followed by three parallel 12-week courses on the themes of the call to war, going to war, and reconciliation, for a total of 45-60 veteran participants.

Clemente Veterans Initiative (CVI) Dialogues on the Experience of War will offer a twelve-week series of Dialogues at three venues: Tacoma, WA, Houston,TX, and & Newark, NJ. Our target audience is veterans who are struggling to return to civilian life, including those with less than honorable discharges. Many have been disabled serving their country. We developed CVI based on 20 years of experience with the Clemente Course, which offers free, college-level humanities courses to low-income adults, and upon four years of offering Clemente Courses specifically to veterans. We have seen the value to these veterans of deep reflection through engagement with humanities texts over a period of months, and of establishing an intellectual peer group that creates lasting bonds . The content will emphasize great works of literature, history, philosophy and visual art that came out of, or were inspired by, the Trojan and Peloponnesian Wars, the American Civil War, and the Vietnam War.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$99,600 (approved)
$99,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 6/30/2021