Here, Bullet Discussion Questions

From Kelcey Ervick, Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing who will be facilitating the Nov. 6th book discussion:

This book includes Arabic language as well as military terminology. How does language help us communicate but also create distance between people and cultures?

 Turner includes many animals in his poems. We don’t usually think much of the presence of animals with respect to war. What do you think of these references?

 What do you think of Turner’s descriptions and portrayals of bodies, the way he zooms in on individual parts?  How does war affect the body?

 Turner’s book has been praised for its representation of Iraqis and its emphasis on the humanity of all the people affected by and participating in the war. How does he do this? Why is it important?

 How does this book shape your way of thinking about war, combat, and military experiences? What role can poetry in general play in relation to war? 

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Fall 2018 Events

The IU South Bend Veterans Book Club has three events planned this semester, some of which focus on the transitioning of veterans to campus life.  Please consider joining us for new insights and lively conversation.  Student veterans, faculty and others from campus and the community interested in veterans experiences are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.  To RSVP, or for more information on any of these events, please contact Rhonda Culbertson, rculbert@iusb.edu or Vicki Bloom, vdbloom@iusb.edu.


1st meeting: Film Screening (70 minutes)
Friday, October 26, 1:00pm, UCET classroom, Northside 245   afterthewar

The War After: The Challenging Transition from Active Duty to Civilian Life

View this insightful documentary featuring nine diverse U.S. veterans transitioning from active duty to the highs and lows of forging their independent identities in a large liberal university. The film was directed and produced by award winning filmmaker Dena Seidel in collaboration with Rutgers Film Bureau Productions. The film is available through the Kanopy streaming movie database on the IU South Bend Libraries website.


2nd meeting – Poetry Book Discussion
​Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 pm, Schurz Library, 3rd floor conference room herebullet2

Here, Bullet by Brian Turner

Brian Turner is an Iraq veteran and soldier-poet whose poetry of witness is exceptional for its beauty, honesty, and skill.  This collection won the Beatrice Hawley award for poetry.  The discussion will be led by author and IU South Bend Creative Writing professor, Kelcey Ervick. Copies of the book are available to be checked out at the Schurz Library (call number PS3620.U763 H47 2005) or by contacting Vicki Bloom at vdbloom@iusb.edu.


3rd meeting – Panel discussion with student veterans and faculty
Friday, November 9, 1:30pm, UCET classroom, Northside 245

veteransbookPreparing Your Campus for Veteran Success:  An Approach to Facilitating the Transition and Persistence of Military Students by Bruce C. Kelley, Justin M. Smith, and Ernetta L. Fox.

Engage with fellow faculty and a panel of student veterans about effective ways to teach and connect with student veterans. Using the book as a guide, the panel will touch upon ways to build on student veterans strengths while mitigating some of the barriers that contribute to their lower persistence and academic success. The discussion will be facilitated by Rhiannon Carlson (Office of Veteran Student Services Coordinator/Counselor) and John Thompson (Lecturer, Raclin School of the Arts), both veterans themselves and advocates for veteran’s concerns.  The e-book can be accessed through IUCAT, the online catalog.  The discussion will focus on section 3,  Innovative Approaches to Serving Veterans in the Classroom of the book.