What Does Democracy Look Like? Stories & Photos by NH Veterans

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As chants of "This-is-what-democracy looks-like" filled America’s streets this spring, New Hampshire Humanities offered veterans in our state the chance to take a deeper dive into the topic at an intensive writing and photography workshop supported by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Pulitzer Prizes, and The Mellon Foundation. What does democracy look like? What does it mean to serve your country? How does one person effect change? What does it mean to be a fighter? Who is "innocent"? Veterans came together to reflect upon these questions during a March workshop led by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent David Wood and international photo journalist Andrea Bruce. On May 23rd at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, the public is invited to view and listen to the results of their exploration – to date – of our ever-provocative and illusive experiment in democracy.

The three-day workshop encouraged veterans to express in words and images their own experience of war and homecoming. On May 23, these veterans will read from their works in progress and show their images on a big screen. The presentation will serve as a tribute to the veteran experience and a model of how to bridge the divide between military and civilian life. The program will be moderated by their mentor/teachers, David Wood and Andrea Bruce.

We especially want to thank David Tirrell-Wysocki and the Nackey Loeb School of Communications for allowing us the free use of space for the workshop and for breakfast on day one. In addition, the Common Man, the Puritan Backroom, and Panera all donated food so that the entire experience could be free for veterans.

Visit our ONLINE GALLERY for a selection of veterans' writing and photography from the March workshop.

Be sure to join us for a special event featuring the writing and photography of veterans who participated in the workshop led by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondents David Wood and international photo journalist Andrea Bruce.

Currier Museum of Art, Wednesday, May 23
Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 pm / Multi-media presentation: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Regular admission: $10 / Veterans: FREE
Admission includes catered reception, cash bar, & admission to Currier galleries on May 23.


Photo above by Jack Mallory