War: Ancient and Modern, funded by the National Endowment for Humanities as part of the Dialogues on the Experience of War program, is bringing military-affiliated students at the University of West Florida (UWF) together with civilians to discuss a wide variety of literature and images about war. These include texts from ancient Greece, World Wars I and II, and our present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through collective engagement with authors ranging from Plato to Kurt Vonnegut, students are discovering fresh insights about war and surprising connections among the experiences of soldiers separated by centuries, continents, and cultures. Intimate seminars, co-led by two trained facilitators and capped at ten students, are designed to build community and foster appreciation for literary learning.
“You need the humanities to be well rounded, as it is creativity and appreciation of human accomplishments that fosters an attitude that saves us all and cultivates our desire to learn even more.”
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