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Popular Narratives and the Experience of War: A Veterans’ Public Forum

April 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

You are invited to a two-part event on April 27, 2019. The first part of the event is an open-to-the-public discussion, where four 1990s/GWOT vets will discuss how American popular culture has influenced the civilian-military divide in their personal experience. The current panelists are:

  • Joe Kassabian (author of The Hooligans of Kandahar, host of the Lions Led by Donkeys Podcast)
  • Eric Burke (Civil War historian and OIF/OEF enlisted infantryman)
  • Kate Dahlstrand (Civil War/Reconstruction historian, director of UGA’s Student Veteran Oral History Project, GWOT enlisted combat vet)
  • Dr. Michelle Moyd (East African military historian, early/mid ’90s USAF officer)

The panel will discuss the following questions:

1.     How does American culture conceive of war and military service?

2.     Do these conceptions harm veterans and reinforce the “civilian-military divide?

3.     Where should veterans’ lived experiences fit into the American narrative of war?

After the panel discussion, a veterans writing workshop geared toward area veterans will commence. All workshop participants will receive a free catered lunch, courtesy of UNC Humanities for the Public Good. Then you’ll transition into a writing workshop, with writing prompts partly-inspired by the public discussion. The workshop will feature trained facilitators (most of whom are military affiliated) who will help you learn narrative and story-telling skills. If you’re a veteran and proud of the stories that we help you tell, there is a possibility that our collaboration can continue, building towards publication in an online archive or even an edited book!

Your POC for any questions is co-organizer Davis Winkie. He can be reached via email at He’s pretty responsive, but don’t hesitate to follow up on anything that goes 24 hours without a response.

Location: Carolina Student Union, Room 3408.

Date: 4/27/19

Time: Panel: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Workshop: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Price: Free

Administrators: Davis Winkie, Paul Blom

Point of Contact: Davis Winkie,


April 27, 2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm