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Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming

The ancient tale of Odysseus’ epic 10-year journey home from the Trojan War has much to tell us about the challenges of homecoming for today’s combat veterans. Contemporary literature combines with The Odyssey to reveal timeless and universal truths about combat trauma, duty and honor, personal sacrifice, and readjustment. Veterans and current service members have been participating in this 14-week reading and discussion group co-led by facilitator teams of veterans, clinicians, and content experts. This program is supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, and New Hampshire Humanities. For more information about the public phase of the project, please contact Dr. Kathy Mathis, Program Director, at 603-224-4071 or email


“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 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