Fiction & Fact:

A War Dialogue with Veterans

About the Project

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans provides opportunities for veterans to reflect on the war and homecoming experiences through facilitated discussions based on different humanities sources: books, art, film, museum exhibits, oral histories, and blogs.

Interested veterans and others with significant experiences related to war and the military are encouraged to apply. The program is free; books and other resources are covered by the NEH grant.

Project director Dr. Alex Vernon says, "The opportunity to discuss artistic and testimonial accounts of war with other veterans will be enormously gratifying. There's no single veteran perspective, and we'll all bring different ideas to the table and take new reflections with us." Dr. Vernon is a combat veteran as well as a writer and a literature professor.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

national endowment for the humanties

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

"NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America's humanities ideas available to all Americans," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. "We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees, who through their projects and research will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans."

"Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities." The National Endowment for the Humanities and Central Arkansas Library System together: Exploring the human endeavor.

Project Schedule Fall 2017

For Participating Veterans

Dien Cai Dau, by Yusef Komunyakaa

Discussion: Dien Cai Dau

November 4, 2017 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Vietnam War will be discussed through African American veteran and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa's Dien Cai Dau. Lynn Novick, co-creator of the PBS/Ken Burns' documentary series, The Vietnam War will also Skype with the group.

This is for program participants. Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2017. Apply now »

Washington Monument reflected in Vietnam Memorial wall

Field Trip: National Archives and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

December 1-3, 2017

Participants travel to visit the new National Archives Vietnam exhibit in Washington, D.C. and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Flight, hotel and D.C. ground transportation are covered. Participants are responsible for food expenses.

Note: Participants are responsible for meals on the Washington, D.C. trip. Transportation, lodging, and museum admission will be covered.

This is for program participants. Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2017. Apply now »

Open to the Public

The Fog of War

Screening: The Fog of War

November 8, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
FREE and open to the public

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Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense under President Kennedy & President Johnson, discusses "the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War" in this Oscar-winning documentary. Discussion follows.

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Apply to Participate

Fiction & Fact is a free program. Those selected will receive free materials, including a copy of Dien Cai Dau, by Yusef Komunyakaa. If selected, we ask you to commit to prepare for and participate in two "retreats;" the first on Saturday, November 4, and the second a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., December 1-3, 2017. Preparation involves reading selected works for facilitated discussions with other veterans.

Deadline for submission is October 1, 2017.

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