The University of Evansville Office of Veterans Affairs has joined forces with the University of Southern Indiana to participate in a Community Read conversation about “War and our Community.” This semester long project will involve readings, discussions, and reflections on the issues facing returning veterans and their community. As part of the project, the Community Read has chosen Tim O’Brien’s collection of short stories entitled “The Things They Carried.” This award winning book reflects on the experiences of the Vietnam War and the challenges that veterans face upon their return. The Community Read hopes that this collection will span discussions across the community and open up a wide ranging response to the concerns of returning veterans in our community.
For book discussion participants, the University of Evansville Office of Veterans Affairs is providing the first 40 people from the UE campus community (students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, etc.) who respond to Cherie Leonhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20 with a complimentary book! Honors Program students will receive .5 points to participate.
Discussions, lectures, and community events are planned throughout the city of Evansville including discussion groups organized through the UE Office of Veterans Affairs. Further information about upcoming events is available at http://www.usi.edu/communityread/.
UE book discussion participants will be invited to a special kick-off event (stay tuned for details) to learn more about the book, meet veterans, enjoy refreshments, and pick up their books. Spring break is around the corner and a perfect time to read with us! Email today.