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San Bernardino, California
Fostering Dialogues for California’s Veterans
Discussion facilitators review materials and discuss how to best help veteran participants connect with the content during a facilitator training session. Image courtesy of From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Middle East.

Through an NEH grant, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) hosted Dialogues on the Experience of War for veterans at three campuses throughout Southern California’s Inland Empire. From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Middle East helped veterans gain new insights into their war experiences and connect with other veterans and civilians through discussions around literature and film. Participants compared ancient Greek dramas and epics to works by Vietnam and post-9/11 veterans in sessions focused on themes of deployment, homecoming, camaraderie, and sacrifice.

“It’s a powerful format for veterans to come together, to make connections where they’ve felt disconnected, and to begin to talk about their stories again.”
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