FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FRIENDS & FAMILIES: Has the road home and adjustment back to civilian life been harder and longer than you expected? As a spouse or family member, have you struggled with changes created by deployment and homecoming? Join us for a weekly reading and discussion group for veterans, family members & friends of veterans.

The ancient tale of Odysseus’ epic 10-year journey home from the Trojan War has much to tell us about the challenges of homecoming. The Odyssey reveals timeless and universal truths about trauma, duty and honor, personal sacrifice, life at home, and readjustment. Veterans, current service members, family members, and close personal friends of veterans are invited to attend this 10-week reading and discussion group co-led by a veteran, clinician, and literature facilitator. The program is uses a model developed by Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College. Free copies of the book will be provided at the first session.

Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth
Wednesdays, Feb. 7 - April 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
View the flyer HERE.
To register for the Portsmouth program, click HERE.

Tracy Memorial Library, New London
Tuesdays, March 20 - June 12, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
View the flyer HERE.
To register for the New London program, click HERE.

This program is free and open to all veterans, family members, and friends of veterans (pre-registration required). For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Mathis at New Hampshire Humanities at (603) 224-4071 or kmathis@nhhumanities.org.

This event is supported by the Portsmouth Public Library, Tracy Memorial Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Ella Anderson Trust, Dartmouth College, and New Hampshire Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.


“These are the conversations the

world needs to have.”

– Afghanistan veteran and facilitator Brendan O’Byrne, Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming

 
(Click on image for a short video about the Dialogues on the Experience of War project)

 

 

Recent news articles about the Dialogues project:

New Hampshire Public Radio, The Exchange with Laura Knoy
(Voted the #1 show on The Exchange in 2016!)
Ancient Tales, Modern Warriors: Veterans Look to The Odyssey for Help Adjusting to Civilian Life

Portsmouth Herald
Veterans take "The Odyssey" back home, reading program assists in post-war lives

New Hampshire Humanities Calendar
From Troy to Baghdad...to New Hampshire: A Reflection on Dialogues of War
By Ann-Maria Contarino, Dialogues on the Experience of War Team Manchester Facilitator

WOKQ Radio, Reporter's File
Dialogues on the Experience of War Interview
With project director, Kathy Mathis, and veterans Brendan O'Byrne and Al Portia

New Hampshire Union Leader
With Dartmouth professor's push, New Hampshire veterans finding that 'Homer gets it'

Caledonian Record
Veterans Reading Program to Launch in Littleton

Radio Interview on WLTN-Littleton
Kathy Mathis and Lon Weston discuss Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War