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Minnesota Humanities Center (St. Paul, MN 55106-2046)
Casey DeMarais (Project Director: November 2016 to December 2019)

Dialogues on the Experience of War
Education Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018

Echoes of War

Veteran-led public discussion programs in three Minnesota communities, with a focus on war, place, and memory through World War I, and the Vietnam, and Iraq wars.

Echoes of War, a project of the Minnesota Humanities Center, will explore the multiplicity of Veterans’ experiences by examining the roots of war in a place and its past and the echoes of war in a people and their memories. The wars in Vietnam and Iraq will be studied in the context of colonial conflicts and World War I using literature, memoir, and personal histories. The project includes presentations by and discussions with visiting scholars including renowned poet Brian Turner, Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and noted historian Ron Milam. 10 NEH Discussion Leaders will participate in an intensive residential preparatory program that is grounded in the literature of war and training in discussion facilitation. A series of public discussions will be conducted in St. Paul, Northfield, and Winona, Minnesota.