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Participant name: Katinka Hooyer

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AV-260595-18Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarMedical College of WisconsinThe Warrior's Path: Moral Injury, War, and Reclaiming the Soul7/1/2018 - 12/31/2019$90,857.00Katinka Hooyer   Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeWI53233-2237USA2018Comparative LiteratureDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs90857087830.940

The training of eight veteran discussion leaders to conduct five discussion groups for veterans in greater Milwaukee on the moral and spiritual injuries of war.

In a society that focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder as the dominant narrative to describe the personal cost of war, the deeper moral or spiritual suffering veterans experience remains elusive. Moral and spiritual dialogues are key to developing civic understanding of the war experience. What types of moral injuries do wars create and how can we think more deeply about such suffering? The Warrior’s Path: Moral Injury, War and Reclaiming the Soul, uses humanities texts and multi-sensory techniques to elicit and reflect on these experiences. The program synthesizes poetry, Shakespeare’s plays and a graphic novel to explore the nature and diversity of moral injury. Warrior’s Path will train eight military Veterans as NEH Discussion Leaders to facilitate three cycles of veteran-to-veteran discussion groups, two veteran-to-civilian dialogues, and three radio shows. The program aims to prepare veterans to publicly discuss the moral impact of war, thus cultivating a deeper civic understanding.

AV-271040-20Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarMedical College of WisconsinExpanding the Warrior's Path: War, Moral Injury and Reclaiming the Soul7/1/2020 - 12/31/2022$97,740.00Katinka Hooyer   Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeWI53233-2237USA2020Literature, OtherDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs977400977400

An expansion of a 2018 Dialogues on the Experience of War project that focuses on moral injury from the experience of war, with extended discussion leader training and a revised syllabus.

In a society that focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder as the dominant narrative to describe the personal cost of war, the deeper moral or spiritual suffering veterans experience remains obscured. These moral and spiritual dialogues are key to developing civic understanding of the war experience and require sustained discussions over time. What types of moral injuries do wars create? How do veterans' varying identities influence their experiences and how can we think more deeply about such suffering? This program synthesizes poetry, Shakespeare’s plays and graphic novels to explore the nature and diversity of moral injury. Warrior’s Path will train six veterans as Discussion Leaders to facilitate two series of 10-week veteran-to-veteran discussion groups and five veteran-to-civilian dialogues. The program aims to prepare veterans to publicly discuss the moral impact of war, thus cultivating a deeper civic understanding of this experience.