Vet­er­ans to talk war ex­pe­ri­ences

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News -

AN­NAPO­LIS — Touch­stones Dis­cus­sion Project is an ed­u­ca­tional, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion which has helped de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing, self-ex­am­i­na­tion, and lead­er­ship skills in busi­nesses, schools, and com­mu­ni­ties around the world; now it has turned its at­ten­tion to mil­i­tary vet­er­ans at home.

In this eight-ses­sion program, vet­er­ans will ex­plore par­al­lels be­tween mod­ern ser­vice and an­cient con­flicts. Par­tic­i­pants will con­nect with fel­low vet­er­ans and, through group dis­cus­sion, re­flect upon their mil­i­tary ser­vice as mem­bers of the larger com­mu­nity.

Us­ing short texts, vet­er­ans en­gage in a co­op­er­a­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters ac­tive lis­ten­ing and learn­ing. In­cor­po­rat­ing both in­di­vid­ual and group ex­er­cises, each vet­eran will im­prove their lead­er­ship skills and gain a greater self-un­der­stand­ing, al­low­ing him or her to cul­ti­vate greater self­aware­ness and en­gage in mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion once the program is com­plete.

Sup­ported by a grant from the Na­tional En­dow­ment of the Hu­man­i­ties, Touch­stones is con­duct­ing this free, weekly dis­cus­sion program for vet­er­ans on the cam­pus of St. John’s Col­lege in An­napo­lis. The program, “Com­plet­ing the Odyssey: A Jour­ney Home,” be­gins on Sept. 27.

Each ses­sion ex­am­ines dif­fer­ent ac­counts of the strug­gles and vic­to­ries of home­com­ing. What is home­com­ing and why is it dif­fi­cult? Why do we serve? Who is a sol­dier? Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to also com­plete per­sonal nar­ra­tive projects about their ex­pe­ri­ences in ser­vice for the Vet­eran’s His­tory Project, a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion housed at the Li­brary of Congress. Vet­er­ans of all branches of ser­vice are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate .

For more in­for­ma­tion, email touch­stonesdp@gmail.com or visit the web­page for in­for­ma­tion and registration at http://www. touch­stones.org/neh-vet­er­ans/.

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