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March 29, 2010 09:00 AM - April 09, 2010 04:00 PM

Iraq War Veterans to Share Combat Experiences

Iraq: The Soldier's View. A Reception with Iraq/Afghanistan War Veterans, James O'Neill and Michael Anthony

  • April 6, 2010: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (reception)
  • March 29 – April 9, 2010: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (exhibition)

Iraq war veterans and college students James O’Neill and Michael Anthony will share their combat experiences and the difficulties young veterans like themselves face upon returning home from service, offering a rare intimate glimpse into the compelling human realities of a nation at war. The presentation will discuss how they used art and literature as a resource and tool for dealing with what they encountered during their deployment.

Anthony will read an excerpt from his book, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. An exhibit of O’Neill’s recent works depicting combat experiences in Iraq will complement the reception and lecture. O’Neill and Anthony will answer questions about their combat experiences and how their current work, as visual and literary artists, reflects on and engages with those experiences. Both served as consultants for the international video projection artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko, for his current ICA installation “...Out of Here: The Veterans Project.”

O’Neill and Anthony will also hold a special lecture for students enrolled in “Literature in the Modern Age.” These students attended Wodiczko’s ICA installation in the fall semester.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management and is open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Ronald Bernier at 617-989-4353.

About the Speakers:

Michael Anthony spent a year in Iraq as an operating room medic. He chronicled his time in his book, Mass Casualties. and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.

James O’Neill is currently pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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