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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
White Lecture Hall (Duke East Campus - directions)
5:30 - 6:45 pm
Everyone is welcome for this discussion of war veterans' responses to their experiences of war. With our four panelists, we'll explore the different voices and frameworks that emerge in their work as ethnographers, documentarians, scholars, and writers, and the insights provided by their own varied experiences as participants in and documenters of veterans' return to civilian life in the United States.
The panelists who will be sharing their work with us are:
David Jay, photographer whose work includes The Unknown Soldier, a series of large-scale photographs of severely wounded young soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shelly Rambo, theologian at Boston University whose research and teaching include work with military chaplains and with veterans concerning issues related to the spirituality of veteran healing.
Roy Scranton, journalist, fiction writer, and post-doctoral fellow at Rice University, and a US Army veteran of the Iraq war whose work includes critiques of the "trauma hero" in military fiction; the intersection of culture, conflict, and climate change; and his own military-focused fiction.
Zoë Wool, anthropologist at Rice University whose research includes long-term ethnographic fieldwork with war injured American soldiers and their family members.
The discussion will be moderated by Michelle Lanier, oral historian and folklorist who teaches the "Veterans Oral History Project" course for Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.
More detailed biographical sketches can be found below.
Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with additional support from the Department of Cultural Anthropology.
Michelle Lanier has been an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University since 2000. Growing up in a family that includes veterans of five American wars has inspired her current work, training students to collect veterans' narratives. Michelle also serves as the ...