Taking place over three days, the focus of the preparatory program was to train discussion leaders to facilitate complex conversations among active service members, veterans, & their families in order to connect their diverse experiences to project themes. The program was designed to create a Community of Practice (CoP). Discussion Leaders learned from subject matter experts and invited guests as well as each other during the sessions, which covered topics such as program facilitation, mental health & the experience of war, the histories of the Spanish-American & Vietnam Wars, & how to analyze the texts & films related to the project.

The materials include both the syllabus and the video and slide presentations of facilitators.

Getting to the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

The Discussion Leader Training will take place at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, which is on the 4th floor of the IUPUI Library. The address is 755 W. Michigan St.; UL 4115S; Indianapolis, IN 46202.

For those visiting from outside of town, Emily Leiserson will meet you in the lobby of the JW Marriott on the mornings of Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. at 9:00 am. The walk from the hotel to the IUPUI Library takes approximately 10 minutes.

If you are driving, the closest parking garage is the North Garage (819 W. North St.).

You can walk from the North Street Garage to the IUPUI Library by crossing Michigan Street.

Once you are at the IUPUI Library, take the main elevators up to the fourth floor and turn left, Walk past the computers and turn left.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute is the glass-fronted office with the golden head sculpture in the window. It’s also the office with all the coffee and danish.


Each day has a slightly different schedule, so please be sure to consult the exact dates and times on the next few pages.

We will provide breakfast (pastries and fruit) and lunch on each day.

Training Session Reader

The training session reader includes all of the readings in the schedule below as well as supplementary readings on best practices for seminar discussions. We do not expect you to read the entire reader (it’s over 600 pages) before the training. Rather, we will use the reader for reference in our discussions. For discussion leaders, this reader will help you prepare for each of the community discussions.

You can download the reader using the link below. We will also give you a hard copy when you arrive for the training program.

Day 1, 8 February 2023

9:15-9:30 Walk from JW Marriott to the IAHI

9:30-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-10:30    Welcome & Introduction by Kelly and Haberski

10:30-11:30    Program Scope and Setting Expectations

11:30-12:45    Lunch & Team Breakout Sessions

  • Walzer, Michael. “The Triumph of Just War Theory (and the Dangers of Success).” Social Research 69, no. 4 (2002): 925–44.
  • Moyn, Samuel. “Beyond Humanity: How to Control America’s Use of Force.” Quincy Brief. Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, July 2020.

12:45-1:00    Break

1:00-2:00       War, Memory, and Trauma in Modern America (Bodnar)

  • Bodnar, John. “Monuments and Mourning.” In The Good War in American Memory, 85–129. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
  • ———. “Soldiers Write the War.” In The Good War in American Memory, 34–59. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

2:00-2:30 Email Break

2:30-3:45 Discussion Facilitation for Public Humanities Programs (Nahmias)

3:45-4:00 Break   

Day 2, 9 February 2023

8:45-9:00 Walk from JW Marriott to the IAHI

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-9:45        Welcome by Kelly and Haberski

9:45-11:00       Gender & the Experience of War (Stur)

  • Stur, Heather Marie.“‘We Weren’t Called Soldiers, We Were Called Ladies.’” In Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, 105–41. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • ———.“Liberating Men and Women.” In Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, 183–214. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

11:15-12:00    Discussion: The Diverse Experiences of War

12:00-1:00       Lunch & Team Breakout Sessions (Discussing Complex Topics)

1:00-2:00         War, Citizenship, & Masculinity (Rutenberg)

  • Rutenberg, Amy J. “‘Choice or Chance’: The Vietnam War, 1965–1973.” In Rough Draft: Cold War Military Manpower Policy and the Origins of Vietnam-Era Draft Resistance, 157–87. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019.
  • ———. “Conclusion.” In Rough Draft: Cold War Military Manpower Policy and the Origins of Vietnam-Era Draft Resistance, 188–95. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019.

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:15  Why Difficult Wars Make Good Lessons (Nichols)

3:15-5:00         Framing the Discussion: Justice & the Spanish-American War (Haberski and Kelly)

Kramer, Paul A. “Introduction.” In The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, & the Philippines. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Jus ad bellum

  • Lodge, Henry Cabot. “England, Venezuela, and the Monroe Doctrine.” The North American Review 160, no. 463 (1895): 651–58.
  • McKinley, William. “Declaration of War,” 1898.
  • “Selections from Hearst Newspapers (1898),” n.d.
  • Chicago Daily Tribune. “She Calls for Nurses,” April 2, 1898.

Jus in bello

  • Addams, Jane. “Democracy or Militarism,” April 30, 1899.
  • Anti-imperialist League. “Soldier’s Letters. Reprinted in Philip S. Foner and Richard Winchester, The Anti-Imperialist Reader: A Documentary History of Anti-Imperialism in the United States, Vol. 1 (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1984), 316–323.,” 1899.
  • Halsted, Carolyn. “War and Women: Patriotic Attitude of the National Organization.” Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1898.
  • James, William. “On Certain Blindness in Human Beings,” 1898.

Jus post bellum

  • Du Bois, W. E. B. “Credo.” In Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920.
  • Mabini, Apolinario. “Apolinario Mabini on the Failure of the Filipino Revolution.” The American Historical Review 11, no. 4 (1906): 843–61.
  • Twain, Mark. ‘The War Prayer’ (ca.1904-5). The American Yawp Reader.” Accessed January 25, 2023.

Day 3, 10 February 2023

9:30-9:45         Welcome by Kelly and Haberski

9:45-12:00       Framing the Discussion: Justice & the Vietnam War (Haberski and Kelly)

Appy, Christian G. “Our Boys.” In American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity, Reprint edition., 119–50. New York: Penguin Books, 2016.

Jus ad bellum

  • Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. London, UK: Penguin, 1955.
  • Iyer, Pico. The Disquieting Resonance of “The Quiet American.” NPR: You Must Read This, 2008.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. Press Conference to explain troop escalation (1965)
  • McNamara, Robert. “224. Memorandum From the Secretary of Defense (McNamara) to the President.” In Foreign Relations of the United State, 1964-1968, Vietnam 1964, Vol. 1, 1964.
  • ———. “Documents 153-167.” In Foreign Relations of the United State, 1964-1968, Vietnam 1964, Vol. 1, 1964.

Jus in bello

  • Baker, Mark. Nam: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There (excerpts). Berkley, 1986.
  • Herr, Michael. “Colleagues.” In Dispatches, 185–249. New York: Knopf, 1977.
  • Hersh, Seymour. “The My Lai Massacre | The New Yorker.” The New Yorker, 1972.
  • Hersh, Seymour M. “Scene of the Crime.” The New Yorker, March 23, 2015.
  • Janis Alyce Nark. Interview with Janis Alyce Nark. Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, October 22, 2009. Library of Congress.
  • King Jr., Martin Luther King. “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967.
  • Tram, Dang Thuy. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: An Extraordinary Diary of Courage from the Vietnam War (Excerpts). Translated by Andrew X. Pham. Rider, 2009.
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) International Congress: Vietnam Visit, 1971.

Jus post bellum

  • Schroeder, Eric James, and Michael Herr. “Interview with Michael Herr: ‘We’ve All Been There.’” Writing on the Edge 1, no. 1 (1989): 39–54.
  • Hersh, Seymour M. “Scene of the Crime.” The New Yorker, March 23, 2015.
  • Nguyen, Viet Thanh. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.

12:00-1:15       Lunch Presentation: Using Movies to Complicate Project Themes (Haberski)

Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures (LOC Collection); “The War Prayer” (PBS short film); The Crucible of Empire (PBS documentary); Vietnam War; Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick); Path to War (HBO); Fog of War (Errol Morris); My Lai (PBS documentary); The Vietnam War (Ken Burns & Lynn Novick)

1:30-4:00         Field Trip: Using Memorials to Complicate Project Themes (Kelly, Haberski)

4:00-5:00         Summary & Reflection

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