2016 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

Veterans in Society:

Ambiguities & Representations

10-29 July 2016

 

Blacksburg, VA,   and   Washington, DC

Dr Bruce Pencek

College Librarian for Social Science & History

University Libraries (MC 0434)

3050 Newman Library

560 Drillfield Dr

Blacksburg, VA   24061

(540) 231-2140

 

Contact information

 

Co-directors 

 

Dr James Dubinsky

Director, Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society

Department of English (MC 0112)

340c Shanks Hall
181 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA   24061

(540) 231-1939

 

 

 

Email us: dubinsky@vt.edu or bpencek@vt.edu

What does it mean to be a veteran

To whom? For whom?

 

This NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers focuses the meanings and implications of the deceptively simple, profoundly liminal category, veteran, not only as it is used in today’s discussions of U.S. military personnel returned from fighting wars of recent memory but also in light of selected works about and by veterans that cross historical eras, national boundaries, and creative and interpretive genres.   [See Virginia Tech press release.]

 

For three weeks, our institute will be a learning community looking at veterans and society, though not necessarily in ways societies or veterans valorize.  But we are also citizens, of whom a significant portion will identify themselves as veterans.  While we are together we will aim to increase and enrich the understanding of veterans in their societies – civilians’ understanding of veterans, veterans’ understanding of society, and veterans’ self-understanding – which we can apply in our scholarship, classroom teaching, and/or civic engagements.  

 

While many of the topics and works we address use veteran in familiar ways and settings, we hope that very familiarity will call attention to gaps and inapt generalizations, hierarchies of persons and experiences,  and misperceptions of contexts and contingencies.    [READ MORE...]

 

 

Veterans in Society

an initiative at Virginia Tech 

Co-directors

Dr Bruce Pencek

Email: bpencek@vt.edu

Newman Library (MC 0434)

Virginia Tech
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA   24061

Dr James Dubinsky

Email: dubinsky@vt.edu

Department of English (MC 0112)

Virginia Tech
181 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA   24061