Talking Service: An Exploration of Homecoming Through Literature

A Great Books Foundation Discussion Program
In partnership with
The International Hemingway Society, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of  Oak Park,
and Dominican University

Tuesday, July 19, 2016,
2:15 to 6:15 discussion program,
Dominican University
7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305
Parmer Hall

Followed immediately by Dinner (6:15—7:15) and a featured presentation by Tim O’Brien (7:30—9:00)

The transition from military life back into the civilian world is a theme that runs through the writings of Ernest Hemingway and Tim O’Brien, powerfully represented in their short fiction.  Join us for an afternoon of small group discussions of two short stories, Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” and O’Brien’s  “In the Field/Field Trip.”  In these accessible and compelling stories, Hemingway and O’Brien depict the complex processes through which combat veterans strive to re-assimilate into their communities and families.

Especially intended for veterans and family members, men and women of all ages, these small group discussions, facilitated by expert leaders, offer an opportunity to reflect along with other veterans on one of the most fundamental experiences of all who have served in the Armed Forces: homecoming.

A registration fee of $20 includes:

  • a complimentary copy of the anthology, Standing Down:  From Warrior to Civilian, published by the Great Books Foundation, and including the Hemingway and O’Brien stories;
  • a casual dinner with program participants;
  • complimentary admission to “An Evening with Tim O’Brien”

Talking Service Program, 19 July 2016:

1:30—2:15:  Check-In

Parmer Hall 115

2:15—2:30:  Welcome and Introduction

Parmer Hall 115

2:45—4:00:  Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home”

Parmer Hall 016 & 017

4:15—5:30:  O’Brien’s “In the Field/Field Trip”

Parmer Hall 016 & 017

5:45—6:15:  Shared Reflections

Parmer Hall 115

6:15—7:15:  Dinner for Participants *

Parmer Hall 115

7:30—9:00:  An Evening with Tim O’Brien *

Lund Auditorium, Fine Arts Building

* Optional, but recommended and included in registration fee.

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