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Coming Home: Helping Soldiers Find Meaning After War
March 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Author and professor Jeb Wyman shares stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath.
Drawing from hundreds of hours spent with veterans, Wyman discusses the profound moral and emotional impact the experience of war has had on them, and how war forever changes those who return from it. Whether it was fought on horseback in the Civil War or in Humvees in Baghdad, veterans face grave challenges after war—haunted by memory, burdened by guilt, searching for meaning, and trying to re-join a society they believe cannot understand the reality of war. Wyman also discusses how studying war through the lens of the humanities may help both veterans and civilians heal the wounds of war.
Co-sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau