Today's Hours

Library Speaker Series with Owen W. Gilman, Jr., Professor of English

The Hell of War Comes Home:  Imaginative Texts From the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq comes to a hard conclusion, with solace for none:

“There’s plenty of good literature and film from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the aggregate, these texts present war as Homer knew it–albeit without any interference from the gods.  War in the real is complex.  It is hell.  But most of the texts explored in the middle and late chapters of this study will be consigned to the fringes of American culture.  Sure enough, looking ahead, there will be situations (at least one per generation) that boil down to the “acquiesce in the necessity” moment of decision.  Shall we measure up to the standard established in the Declaration of Independence–or shall we fail to honor the past?  With repeated practice, nearly incessant experience, the pattern becomes habitual. Habits are hard to break, especially those reinforced by the mythology of America’s origins and all the righteousness that attends the sustenance of myth.  We are trapped.  There is no way out–except one.  There will be war.  The hell of war becomes the hell of home. We have seen the past.  We know the future.”

Tuesday, September 11
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Please join us for what we expect to be an engaging presentation and discussion with Dr. Gilman.

Light refreshments will be served.