Conference Schedule


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Schedule Overview

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA April 27–28, 2014


1600–1800                    Screening of Where Soldiers Come From              4:00–6:00 PM

1700–1900                                     Registration                                     5:00–7:00 PM

1800–1900                                        Reception                                     6:00–7:00 PM                                                     (hors d’oeuvres served)

1930–2130                          Outside the Wire performance                       7:30–9:30 PM                                          Special Guest: Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director


0730–0900                                     Registration                                     7:30–9:00 AM

0800–0900                                       Breakfast                                       8:00–9:00 AM

0900–1015                                  “Growing Up Military”                         9:00–10:15 AM                                        Special Guest: Donna Musil, Writer and Director

1030–1130                                      Panel Session 1                            10:30–11:30 AM
Speaking as Civilians, Speaking as Veterans

“Where Soldiers Come From and Where Veterans Go”
Kevin Stoy, George Mason University, and Heather Courtney, independent filmmaker,
with Dominic Fredianelli

“Bridging a Gap Between Knowledge and Experience: Civilian Views of Military Service”
Phil Hayek, Virginia Tech

1135–1235                                      Panel Session 2                     11:35 AM – 12:35 PM

2A: Veterans across Cultures

“Veterans as a Stabilising Factor in Politics: West Africa as a Case Study”
Lt. Kehinde Olaoluwatomi Oshigbo, African Maritime Academy (read by proxy)

“The Contributions of Veterans in Business and Economy: Africa as a Case Study”
Lt. Taiwo Oluwaseyi Oshigbo, African Maritime Academy (read by proxy)

“Veterans as Intercultural Educators”
Luke McClees, Eastern Kentucky

2B: Writing and Preserving Veterans’ Words

“How Do Military Veteran Students Write?: Exploring the Effectiveness of Current Writing Pedagogy”
Meredith Singleton, Northern Kentucky

“Writing War from the Inside Out: Multimedia Narratives of Veterans in the Composition Classroom”
Jennifer Orth-Veillon, Georgia Institute of Technology

“The Role of Military Archives in the Conversation on Veterans in Society”
James Ginther, Library of the Marine Corps

1245–1400                                         Lunch                                        12:45–2:00 PM                              Guest Speaker: Wendy Lang, Operation College Promise

1415–1515                                      Panel Session 3                                2:15–3:15 PM

3A: How to Tell a Woman’s War Story: Gender, Service, Support, and Storytelling

Mariana Christina Grohowski, Bowling Green State University; D. Alexis Hart, Allegheny College; and Kathryn Broyles, American Military University

 3B: Medicine and Policy

“Examining the Differences in Veterans and Non-Veterans at the Chronic Pain Management Unit”
Alisha Jiwani, Adler Graduate School

“Understanding and Building Effective Narrative on Veteran Experiences to Compel Program and Policy Action”
Mary Beth Dunkenberger and Suzanne Lo, Virginia Tech

“The Changing Face of War”
Nancy S. Short, Program Manager, Salem VA Medical Center

1515–1615                         Featured Panel: “Support the Troops?             3:15–4:15 PM                                               A Community in Dialogue”
             Invited Speakers: Col. John Montgomery, Prof. Steven Salaita, and Rev. Gil Ott

1630–1730                              Closing Discussion                                    4:30–5:30 PM
“The Future of Veterans Studies”

1800–2000                     Screening of Brats: Our Journey Home                6:00–8:00 PM

*Additionally, artwork by Dominic Fredianelli will be displayed throughout the conference for open viewing.