Past Programs: Veterans

2016 Programming

Augusta: “War and the Human Experience”

A free reading and discussion group for all in the Veterans Block of the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. The group was led by Greg Fahy, Ph.D., University of Maine at Augusta, and Norman “Ziggy” Lawrence, U.S. Army.

Readings included selections from Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the short stories The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich and Cathedral by Raymond Carver, and the poem The End and the Beginning by Wislawa Szymborska.

Offered in partnership with  Kennebec County Correctional Facility

Portland: “From the Front Line to the Home Front”

A free reading and discussion group in Bangor led by Jeannine Uzzi, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine, and Kyle Elsea, U.S. Army.

Readings in Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Iphigenia, and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.

Combat Veterans of all eras are invited to attend.

Offered in partnership with the Portland Vet Center

2015 Programming

Portland Vet Center Book Group

In partnership with the Portland Vet Center, Maine’s first Coming Home book group for Combat Veterans took place in fall 2014 to discuss Stanley Lombardo’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey. The accessible, modern translation of Odysseus’ journey home opens up new avenues for discussion of homecoming, perseverance, growth, loss, home, and loyalty.

Augusta: “The Things She Carried”

A book group open all women Veterans/ Former Service Members in the Augusta area, facilitated by Eve Raimon, Professor, University of Southern Maine English Department, and LaRhonda Harris, U.S. Air Force.

Dates: April 23, May 7, 21, June 4, 18

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Audience: Female Veterans/ Former Service Members

Bangor: “How We Remember”

A book group open to all Veterans/Service Members in the Bangor area, facilitated by Jeffrey Sychterz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, University of Maine at Augusta and former U.S. Navy Service Member, and Kirk Grant, U.S. Army.

Dates: April 8, 22,  May 6, 20,  June 3

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Audience: All Veterans

Portland: “After The War: An Exploration of Justice” (Coming Home II)

A book group open to Combat Veterans. Facilitated by Jeannine Uzzi, Professor of Classics, and Cliff Trott, U.S. Army.

Thanks to Black Cat Coffee for donating a pot of coffee to each meeting of this group!

Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 29; May 6, 13

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Audience: Combat Veterans