UCHRI | Initiatives
About War Comes Home
War Comes Home a multiyear initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. The initiative created opportunities for communities across California to grapple with the tough questions:
- What do we owe to those whom our country has sent into harm’s way?
- How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not?
UCHRI and Cal Humanities partnered on five public conversations surrounding issues concerning U.S. Veterans and their transition to life at home. These conversations brought together a diverse group of service members, public scholars, filmmakers, and community leaders to publically discuss a wide array of issues facing returning soldiers. Events were held across the state at city public libraries and were designed to be accessible and engaging for local communities.
What do we owe to those whom our country has sent into harm’s way? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not?
Year in Review
All five UCHRI co-sponsored events were hosted at public libraries throughout the state of California and featured a variety of topics and discussants. In June 2014, the San Diego Public Library hosted Changing Faces, a discussion of a range issues related to diversity in the military including race, religion, and gender. Celluloid Soldiers, held at the Los Angeles Public Library in August 2014, analyzed the the lack of depictions of veterans in Hollywood films. That same month at the Central Library in Sacramento, discussants convened to discuss the many issues related to PTSD and the emotional and mental toll of military service.
UCHRI also provided support for two additional War Comes Home events: How Far We’ve Come, a discussion of LGBTQ veterans and the military at the San Francisco Public Library; and Back into the World, a conversation about adjusting to life after war at the Louis Rabidoux Library in Riverside, California. All events were videotaped and archived to be accessible to a wider community of viewers.