Echoes of War Discussion Leader Training

Echoes of War Discussion Leader Training

Friday, August 18, 5:00 p.m.-Sunday, August 20, 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 15, 5:00 p.m.-Sunday, September 17, 12:00 p.m.


As the initial stage of this project, the Humanities Center will train a cohort of Discussion Leaders who will be equipped with a deep understanding of project texts, scholarship, and facilitation techniques. Guided by outstanding scholars and leading voices from Minnesota’s Veteran communities, the Discussion Leader training will be an intensive, residential program held at the Humanities Center. Over the course of two weekends, Discussion Leaders will spend time learning together; engaging with authors, academics, and experienced trainers; and studying literary and theoretical texts about war. The weekend retreats will prepare Discussion Leaders to effectively engage adult audiences of Veterans and non-Veterans in public discourse on war, memory, and Veterans’ experiences.

Following the second weekend training retreat, the Humanities Center will assist Discussion Leaders in hosting rich conversations throughout 2017-18. Public discussions will take place in Northfield, St. Paul, and Winona in conjunction with local partner organizations: Carleton College, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Winona County Historical Society.

Discussion Leader Training Schedule

August 18, 2017
Place and Identity
Remembrance, Reality and the Transnational Imaginary

August 19, 2017
War, Place and Personal Narratives
War, Place and Personal Narrative
Introduction to Facilitation through Inquiry

August 20, 2017
Sharing the Stories of War
Bearing Witness: Sharing the Stories of War

September 15, 2017
Processing Meaning and Memory
The Memory of War

September 16, 2017
The Roots of War
Vietnam and the Roots of War
One Place, One War, Many Stories

September 17, 2017
Launching Discussion Leaders
Closing ceremony