RI Veterans Speak Project in the News
The University of Rhode Island and The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will present three statewide public veteran panel discussions this fall that will focus on Rhode Island veterans’ homecoming experiences.
This symposium will feature an introduction by humanities’ scholars highlighting how homecoming has been described in history, literature and the media. A panel of returning veterans will then compare and contrast those narratives with their personal experiences. Audience member participation will be encouraged.
This project aims to encourage veterans, their families and the public to discuss the challenges veterans experience as they return to civilian society. The discussions, which will be open to the public, will be held at the URI Kingston campus on Sept. 11, at the Providence Public Library on Oct. 16 and the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick on Nov. 13. All three of the 90-minute Sunday sessions start at 2 p.m.
Additional support for this project has been provided by the Providence Public Library and the Community College of Rhode Island. More information and a registration link for the three public discussion sessions can be found on the project’s website rivetsspeak.weebly.com, on the group’s Facebook page or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Thomas J. Conroy at email@example.com."
"Literature, scholars and the media have tried for decades to depict the homecoming experience of soldiers who served overseas.
This weekend, a panel of Rhode Island veterans – including one Community College of Rhode Island student and one alumnus – will compare their own experiences to these depictions."
URI News: Symposium spotlights differences between narrative, real-life experiences of returning war veterans
"An 18-year-old student sitting in his first day of classes at the University of Rhode Island will have a much different set of life experiences from the 23-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan sitting next to him. And that Afghan war veteran may have different needs to make his educational career at URI a successful campaign. That’s why Tom Conroy, a volunteer at the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, helped organize a statewide symposium titled, 'Memory v. Representation: Soldiers’ Homecoming in History, Literature and Testimony.'"
"One of the first events of the new semester is this Sunday, 09/11. The event, Memory V. Representation: Soldier’s Homecoming in History, Literature, and Testimony, is sponsored by URI and The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and will bring together scholars and veterans to talk about the homecoming experience. The symposium this Sunday is just the first of three panel discussions concerning veterans and homecoming. This event will be held in Doody Auditorium from 2:00-3:30pm. More information can be found here:http://rivetsspeak.weebly.com/"