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Book group planned for women veterans

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

A book reading and discussion group for women veterans will soon begin at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library. 

“Standing Together: A Book Group for Women Veterans,” is a free, five-session program open to all women who have served in the military in any capacity, whether during war or peacetime. The group is open to university faculty, staff, students and the community. 

The meetings are every other Thursday, beginning Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., in Morris Library Room 0480A. Light refreshments will be available.

Each session will consist of two or three articles along with discussion. There will be a mixture of material relating to veterans, written by women and men.

The readings will include works representing various literary styles, including “Be Safe, I Love You,” by Cara Hoffman, “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, and selections from “Redeployment,” by Phil Klay and “POWDER: Writings by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq.” 

The effort is an outgrowth of the university’s “Soldiers Among Us” initiative that explores the complexities of the relationship between civilian and military life. 

The program is conducted by Illinois Humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and assistance from the Maine Humanities Council and the university’s Veterans Services. 

Pre-registration is not required. Additional program information is available at veterans.siu.edu under the “Standing Together: A Book Group for Women Veterans” section. 

For more information, contact Barnett at 618-453-3070 or cbarnett@siu.edu.

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