Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood and decorated veteran Joseph Brett will speak in an event entitled “Moral Injury after War: Remembrance, Recovery, and Reconciliation.” This event is in conjunction with two ongoing exhibitions co-curated by anthropology graduate student Jordan Kiper at the Dodd Center. This event will be held on February 27th at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center between 5:00 and 7:30 PM, where David Wood will also be signing his book What Have we Done: the Moral Injury of our Longest Wars.
Congratulations to our very own soon-to-be-doctor William Farley, who has accepted the offer of a tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University! Bill is an archaeologist specializing in archaeobotany. His research focuses on subsistence among ancient Native American populations of Connecticut. Bill will begin his new position in Fall 2017.
Anthropology Department’s graduate student, Jordan Kiper is co-curator of two exhibits coming this spring to UCONN:
Legacy of Veteran Expressions after War
Each veteran’s life tells a story and every veteran leaves a legacy. This exhibit is a tribute to veterans whose legacy is/was an expression of the challenges they experienced as veterans after war. From the more commonly known post-traumatic stress disorder—or the more recently developed terms of moral injury or moral wounds—to the simple fact of coming to terms with war, veterans’ experiences are profound. Many find expression through visual art, poetry, stories, songs, protests, and, for most, helping one another heal. This exhibition will run through February 28th.
Recovery and Reconciliation After the Yugoslav Wars
Often describing themselves as the forgotten, ex-fighters of the Yugoslav Wars struggle for rights and social securities in their respective societies. The purpose of this exhibit is to give voice to a small set of these ex-fighters who are working to help one another, improve the civic discourse of their society, or achieve reconciliation. Like many veterans worldwide, their messages are aimed at those who have not experienced armed conflict. They speak to the challenge of recovering from wounds—physical, mental, and moral—and avoiding the inevitable losses of war. This exhibition will run through March 14th.
Opening night for both exhibits is Friday, February 10th, 2007 at the Dodd Center from 4pm to 6pm.