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Veterans, globalized: veterans and their societies in international perspective.

26-28 March 2018

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center 

Roanoke, Virginia, USA



Moral injury, women, and the aftermath of war

Keynote panel. Monday, 26 March. 7:30 pm

Washington Lecture Hall

Open to the public;  get free event ticket at registration site

Fayeza Hasanat
Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas
Rita Nakashima Brock

Fayeza Hasanat teaches at the English Department of the University of Central Florida. She had also taught at the English department of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. A Fulbright Scholar, she completed her PhD at the University of Florida.


She is an author, translator, creative writer, and a researcher. She has published academic articles and short stories in national and international literary journals.   Her first book, Nawab Faizunnesa’s Rupjalal: Translation and Commentary, was published by the Brill Publishers in 2009. Her second book, A War Heroine I Speak, a translation of reportage on the raped women of the Bangladesh liberation war, was published in Bangladesh in 2017. Her current book project, Wounded Memories: the Written World of the War Heroines, is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Brill Publishers. Her first collection of short stories, The Bird Catcher and Other Stories, is coming out in November 2018.


Her research interest covers women and gender issues, women writers of colonial India, South Asian diasporic literatures, global literatures, and cultural studies, among others.

Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD, senior vice president of moral injury programs for Volunteers of America, was director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School from 2012-2017. She was a professor for eighteen years before becoming, in 1997, director of the Bunting Institute, which became the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 1999. From 2001–2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.


Her book Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (Beacon), co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker, was a best religion book of 2008 in Publishers Weekly and a finalist for the American Academy of Religion Award in constructive, reflective theological studies. They are also co-authors of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us (Beacon 2001). Her most recent book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (Beacon 2012), co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.

Elizabeth (Liz) F. Desnoyers-Colas is associate professor of communication studies at Georgia Southern University's Armstrong campus (Savannah, Georgia), where she teaches graduate and undergraduate communication courses. She is currently the faculty coordinator for Armstrong’s Men of Vision and Excellence (M.O.V.E.) first-year experience recruitment and retention program for the African American Male Initiative.


She is a retired United States Air Force public affairs officer (Major, 0-4), who also served in Operation Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia, 1991.


She is the author of the book Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). She is also the president of the faculty senate of Armstrong State University and the chair for the University System of Georgia Faculty Council.

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