Panel Discussion: Support the Troops? A Community in Dialogue

In August 2013, a Virginia Tech professor published a controversial op-ed piece with Salon.com on why he objects to corporate fundraising campaigns that use the phrase “support our troops.” In the weeks that followed, community members participated in wide-ranging discussions responding to the article and language choices surrounding the military in society. This panel will include representatives from both military and civilian perspectives: Panelists Col. John Montgomery, Prof. Steven Salaita, and Rev. Gil Ott will address strategies for making conversations across ideological differences more productive.