“Things We Carried” Event to Explore Experiences of Lewis Veterans

An upcoming Arts & Ideas event will highlight the things soldiers carry–both literally and figuratively–during their military service.

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam-era novel The Things They Carried (click here to hear an excerpt), the event will take place at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 in Room 150A in the Academic Building. Culture & Civilization credit is available for Lewis students.

The event will begin with an interactive activity led by Christine Bespalec-Davis, Education Coordinator at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, that will prompt audience members to compare the things that they carry in their daily lives and with items carried by soldiers in combat.

Following the activity, panel of student veterans from various post-9/11 conflicts will discuss their combat experiences and the things they carried during deployment. There will be time for audience questions following the panel discussion.

In conjunction with the event, a companion exhibition of objects carried by members of the Lewis University veteran community, including staff and students, will be displayed on the first floor of the Library. The exhibition will be on view March 18-30 during regular library hours.

“The Things We Carried” is co-sponsored by the Lewis University Library, Office of Veterans Affairs, and Student Veterans Association.

For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, at 815-836-5672 or harmonli@lewisu.edu.

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