Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities

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When and Where:
Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
at Indiana War Memorial

431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Jonathan Shay, Thomas Steinbeck, Mark Vonnegut


Event Description:

The arts can help veterans understand and communicate their military experience. Veterans, their families, and the community are invited to just listen or to tell their stories through visual art, performance, and the written word. See their creations, learn about the history of veterans expressing war through the arts from a distinguished panel led by Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition, including Dr. Jonathan Shay (author of Achilles in Vietnam) and Mark Vonnegut, among others and experiment with your own creative activities.

The events kicks off with an arts resources fair, then emcee Steve Inskeep will make introductions and a keynote address will be given by Jonathan Shay, nationally recognize author and expert on combat stress. Stick around for a panel discussion with Mark Vonnegut, Donald Farber, Juliet King, and others to hear about war trauma and art therapy followed by hands-on art and writing workshops and question-and-answer sessions with key writers and speakers. Families are welcome.

Presented by Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library; American Legion University Veterans Post 360Career Learning and Employment Center for Veterans with Disabilities; Dramatic DifferenceHoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana, Inc.; Indiana Humanities; Indiana National Guard; IUPUI, Herron School of Art and Design; Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University; and WFYI. Questions? Call 317-652-1954 or email

Tentative Schedule:
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Doors open to arts resources fair
12:30-2:30 p.m. Introductions and keynote address
2:30-4:00 p.m. Workshops and arts resources fair
4:00 p.m. Panel discussion
      Breakout sessions include:
      1. Writing/Storytelling
      2. ArtReach hands-on experience
      3. Performing Arts
      4. Music

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