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Organization name: National Humanities Center
Grant program: Dialogues on the Experience of War

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AV-248409-16Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarNational Humanities CenterExploring the Experience of War5/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$100,000.00RichardR.Schramm   National Humanities CenterResearch Triangle ParkNC27709-0152USA2016American LiteratureDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs100000074521.170

A program of reading and discussion groups for veterans in the Raleigh/Durham area and other locations in North Carolina on the themes of patriotism, loyalty, duty, sacrifice, and heroism.

The National Humanities Center in collaboration with the Chaplain’s Office at the Durham (NC) Veterans Administration Center (DVAC) proposes “Exploring the Experience of War,” a project that will train three teams of two volunteers each, recruited by the Chaplain’s Office from DVAC staff, to conduct discussion groups, focusing on the literature of war, for veterans in the DVAC’s service area. Led by four scholars, two of whom are veterans themselves, the training program will consist of five weekend seminars, one on each of the organizing themes identified by NEH. The volunteers will study rich syllabi representing multiple genres and conflicts. They will also receive instruction on how to conduct discussion groups. Out of the syllabi, under the guidance of the faculty, the leaders will fashion reading lists for discussion groups, each led by a different team, which will take place in early 2017 in Raleigh and Durham, NC, and in a third location, yet be determined.

AV-265909-19Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarNational Humanities CenterTroops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms Understand the Military Experience5/1/2019 - 12/31/2020$99,862.00Andrew MinkHilary LithgowNational Humanities CenterResearch Triangle ParkNC27709-0152USA2019History, GeneralDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs998620998620

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.