The Veteran’s Experience and Military Culture with Elizabeth Barrs | Alissa Wolenetz, Library Director

I’m pleased to announce that the Library will be hosting “The Veteran’s Experience and Military Culture” with Elizabeth Barrs on Saturday, May 21st. This program will be held in the upstairs meeting room from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It’s free and open to the public. We’ll also have light refreshments.

Here is the summary provided by Humanities Montana for this program:

“One in 10 Montanans is a veteran, yet how much do we know about the veteran’s experience and military culture?  Literature, history, movies, and other media often portray the veteran in stereotype – brave hero, troubled youth, skilled warrior, apathetic killer, or unflappable leader. In this talk, Elizabeth Barrs, an army combat veteran and instructor of Veterans Studies, explores the real experiences of the American veteran in combat and in peacetime. She discusses military life as well as the historical and current military culture that helps to shape how veterans relate to society. The discussion also explores the experiences of military families and the contemporary challenges and triumphs of veterans as well as what our society is doing to address those challenges.”

Elizabeth Barrs is a retired army officer and instructor of Veterans Studies at the University of Montana.

Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.

Elizabeth has also provided us with a list of books that she uses in her classes at U M. We have several on display here at the Library. If you’re interested in fiction, you might try “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers (in large print) or “Redeployment” by Phil Klay. Nonfiction readers might pick up “Why Marines Fight” by James Brady or “War” by Sebastian Junger.

Please feel free to ask us for additional titles or more information about this program – we’re always happy to help.

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