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West Chester University of Pennsylvania


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Department of English
West Chester, PA 19383

Tel: 610/436-2822
Fax: 610/738-0554
http://www.wcupa.edu

The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien

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The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien

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Events

Literature of War Read-a-thon

Members of the West Chester community read brief selections from various literary works addressing war. Works span from Homer's Iliad to Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas and Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It."

Event Location: The Quad, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

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From the Civil War to the Vietnam War: Two Centuries of Battlefield Medicine

Come early to tour the exhibition, "On the Edge of Battle: Chester County and the Civil War." The exhibit will be open from 6 to 7:30 pm for tours. Professors Joseph Ryan (Villanova University) and Robert Kodosky (West Chester University) will deliver complementary talks on battlefield medicine. Prof. Ryan will speak on the topic as it relates to the Civil War, and Prof. Kodosky will address the topic in terms of the Vietnam War. The talks begin at 7:30 pm.

Event Location: Chester County Historical Society , 225 N High St , West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Warrior Writers and the Battlefields of Memory

Veteran writers and artists who have participated in Warrior Writers workshops offer readings and exhibitions of their work. Come listen to and see an amazing body of work that articulates veteran experiences through artistic expression.

Event Location: Chester County Art Association, 100 North Bradford Avenue , West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Wed, Sep 18, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Book Discussion: How to Tell a True War Story

Join us for a lively book discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. N.B. Discussion begins at 12:45 pm and lasts an hour.

Event Location: West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E Union St, West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

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War and the Conscientious Objector

Co-sponsored with West Chester University's Peace & Conflict Studies program, this three-part program will open with an overview of the chapters, "On the Rainy River" and "How To Tell a True War Story" from Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. This portion of the program will set the stage for the meat of the event, a panel discussion featuring conscientious objectors, and the large group discussion that follows the panel presentation.

Event Location: The Hickman Center, 400 North Walnut Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Books and Breakfast

Come breakfast at the Senior Area Center and take in a poster-presentation of books detailing the experiences of various wars fought by the United States. Posters will features books devoted to the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraqi wars as well as WWII. Student presenters will be on hand to discuss these and other literary works that capture veterans' experiences. Attendees are invited to share their memories of wars they experienced, either on the frontlines or the home front.

Event Location: West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E Union St, West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

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Book Discussion: Crafting Truth, Form, and Theme in The Things They Carried

Creative writing faculty from West Chester University lead a discussion of the stylistic, formal, and thematic elements in Tim O'Brien's book.

Event Location: Philips Hall, Lower Level Conference Room, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Dramatic Readings at Gallery Walk

West Chester University Theater students perform dramatic readings of selections from Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried during West Chester's Gallery Walk. Performances will take place against a backdrop of artwork by Vietnam Vets, compliments of the Chester County Art Association.

Event Location: Hotel Warner, Mezzanine, 120 N. High Street , West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Parents & Teens Book Discussion

Parents and teens are invited to come out and discuss Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Members of West Chester University's English Department will lead the discussion.

Event Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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WCPL Book Discussion: Making Art from War

One of many area book conversations about Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, this discussion is part of West Chester Public Library's regular monthly book discussions.

Event Location: West Chester Public Library , 415 North Church St, West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Wed, Oct 16, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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West Chester College during the Vietnam War Era

A panel composed of former students and faculty who attended or taught at West Chester College during the 1960s will discuss their experiences.

Event Location: Philips Autograph Library, High St. and University Ave., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2013
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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Oral History Project

Adapted from NPR's StoryCorps, this oral history event features West Chester students recording the stories of local veterans from various wars over a two-week period.

Event Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19382

Date: Fri, Oct 18, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Book Discussion: The Art of War, Experience as Art

Join us for a discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Please note: Discussion begins at 3:15 pm and ends at 4:15 pm.

Event Location: FHG Library, Room 409 , West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Dramatic Readings

Theater students perform dramatic readings of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.

Event Location: Main Hall, Lobby and Auditorium, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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The Arts of War: What Soldiers Sang and Read

Co-sponsored by West Chester University's Center for Book History and the Friends of the Library, this two-part program focuses on the songs composed, adapted, and sung by soldiers and the books they carried. During the first portion of the program, Dr. Saul Broudy, musicologist and Vietnam vet, will discuss and perform songs composed and sung by soldiers. The second half of the program will feature Dr. Stanley Weintraub, a historian, literary scholar, and WCU alumnus who has written extensively on military history and whose corpus includes books on the American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, and the Korean War. His talk will include reflections on the Armed Services Editions, paperbacks published by the Council on Books in Wartime for distribution to the military during WWII. This part of the program will afford the opportunity to handle the print artifacts being discussed.

Event Location: Philips Autograph Library, High St. and University Ave., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Time: 4:30pm – 7:00pm

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Book Discussion: Pro-war Literatures and The Hands that Steer Activism in The Things They Carried and Other Texts

A discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and its legacy hosted by members of the English Department’s Creative Writing Faculty.

Event Location: WCU Poetry House, 823 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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The Invisible Women of Vietnam and Other Wars

This event opens with a showing of the documentary, Lioness, and is followed by a panel discussion featuring women who are serving or have served in the military. Co-sponsored by Troops to Teachers (TTT), the WCU Career Center, the WCU Women’s Center, and WCU Women and Gender Studies Program.

Event Location: Philips Autograph Library, High and University Ave., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Wed, Nov 6, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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Film: Restrepo

Showing of Sebastian Junger's Restrepo, 2010 Grand Jury Prize winner, Sundance Film Festival. "RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you." (http://restrepothemovie.com/story/) Professor Bob Kodosky will offer remarks at the film's conclusion. Free to WCU Faculty, Staff, Students; general public pays $2.00

Event Location: WCU Sykes Student Union, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2013
Time: 8:00pm – 10:30pm

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Tim O'Brien: An Afternoon Craft Talk

Tim O'Brien meets with graduate and undergraduates of West Chester University to speak about his work and craft.

Event Location: Philips Autograph Library, High St. and University Ave., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Mon, Nov 11, 2013
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Tim O'Brien: Keynote Address

Event Location: Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383

Date: Mon, Nov 11, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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