Next meeting: Thurs, October 20

We are so excited that David Chrisinger, the editor of our next book selection will be coming to campus for our next book club meeting at 5pm, October 20th in the Fireside Grill.  He was instrumental in publishing  Sedavid-chrisingere Me For Who I Am, a collection of stories written by student veterans.

Email me at vdbloom@iusb.edu to get a free copy of the book.

Also check out Mr. Chrisinger’s website, Stronger at the Broken Places: Student Veterans and the Long Walk Home from War.

 

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2 thoughts on “Next meeting: Thurs, October 20

  1. My husband and I watched ‘The Big Lebowski’ last weekend. I had never seen it before. After reading ‘See Me For Who I Am,’ it struck me how the filmmakers used common stereotypes of veterans, (to very funny effect,) in the character of Walter Sobchak. I’m thinking I should watch some movies that portray a more nuanced picture of vets – Any suggestions?

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  2. It’s interesting that your bring this up! Filmmakers are continuing to perpetuate these stereotypes. A recent example is the tv show, Orange is the New Black. According to Air Force veteran Tahlia Y. Burton, the anti-veteran sentiment is palpable in the show’s most recent season. She noted that “for a show that prides itself on realism and its ability to encourage empathy from its viewers, ‘Orange is the New Black’ had no problem using veterans as an embodiment of violent, sexist, inhumane behavior.”

    Films in the past few years have also portrayed vets as murderers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (“In the Valley of Elah,” “Redacted”); as deserters suffering from PTSD (“Stop-Loss”); and as mavericks so addicted to combat that they can’t reintegrate into American society (“The Hurt Locker”).
    One place to find more nuanced depictions of military service members is the GI Film Festival at: http://gifilmfestival.com/. This non-profit educational organization is dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. Here are a couple of films they recognize as being realistic: Black Hawk Down, Rescue Dawn, and the Thin Red Line.

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