Dialogues on the Experiences of War

The UF Center for European Studies, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the UF Center for Arts in Medicine will present a series of events dedicated to the experiences of US military veterans. This program has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and several discussions will be held at the Headquarters Library.  Discussion sessions will address a specific book, film or piece of music. The schedule is as follows:

Sept 27- "Paradise Lost: Smyrna" 1922 by Giles Milton  This book addresses the destruction of Smyrna, the richest city of the Ottoman Empire at that time, by invading Turkish armies. Discussion led by George Topalidis (UF Dept of Sociology) Headquarters Library, Meeting Room A 6:30-7:30 pm

Oct 3- Music, Film and War  This discussion will address the use of music in war films to evoke specific themes, emotions, and reactions. A list of films will be provided in advance. Discussion led by Emily Theobald (UF College of Music) Headquarters Library, Meeting Room B 6:30-7:30 pm

Oct 17- "The Reawakening" by Primo Levi  A firsthand account of the aftermath of WWII from the perspective of an Italian Jew liberated from a Nazi concentration camp.  Discussion led by Alice Freifeld (US Dept of History) Headquarters Library, Meeting Room B 6:30-7:30

Nov 11-  "Telling Gainesville"  Screening at the Hippodrome Theater.  Screening of the live performance of "Telling Gainesville" followed by a director and cast Q & A session. "Telling Gainesville" premiered 11/11/16 and features the first-time performances of five veterans and the wife of a veteran. For more information on the national Telling Project visit https://thetellingproject.org Hippodrome Theatre 6:30-9:00 pm

Nov 16- "Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War" by Svetlana Alexievich. Zinky Boys provides a glimpse of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan from many perspectives- soldier, general, nurse, mother, and wife to name a few. Disussion led by Lisa Booth (UF Dept of History) and Tom Shields, retired US Marine and Viet Nam veteran. Headquarters Library, Foundation Room 6:30 -7:30 pm

This program is free and open to the public.  Veterans interested in participating should contact Lisa Booth at lbooth@ufl.edu or 352-294-7152 for discussion materials.


Posted by JeanH on October 3, 2017