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Coming Home: How the Humanities Helps Soldiers Find Meaning After War

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What is the true nature of war, and how does the experience of war affect the human heart? How have the myths and realities of combat, and the invisible wounds of war, been portrayed over the ages?

This talk 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, author and professor Jeb 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.

  • When
  • November 10, 2018
    1:00 pm
  • Where
  • Forks Branch Library
    171 Forks Ave. Forks, WA 98331 United States
  • Who
  • Jeb Wyman
  • Host
  • North Olympic Library System
About Speakers Bureau Events

Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.

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