The run-up to Veterans Day 2012 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh features a full week of film screenings, forums and one-of-a-kind events chronicling and honoring the sacrifices and experiences of war veterans.
Here’s a quick synopsis of the free, open-to-the-public Veterans Week 2012 events at UW Oshkosh:
Nov. 5 through Nov. 11 (Steinhilber Art Gallery, Reeve Memorial Union): Week-long display of the “Remembering Our Fallen” Exhibit.
Nov. 5, 7 p.m. (Titan Underground, Reeve): Student Veterans Association Call of Duty video game tournament.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Reeve Memorial Union Theater): Vietnam War Veterans panel discussion led by Greg Olson (UW Oshkosh).
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Reeve, room 213): The Oshkosh Veterans Acupuncture Project with Westshore Acupuncture will provide FREE acupuncture for veterans and their family members. During the acupuncture people remain fully clothed seated in zero gravity chairs. Five needles are placed on each ear while each participant rests comfortably for 30 to 40 minutes. Benefits of acupuncture include: energy boost, improved sleep, reduced stress, reduced anxiety, improved mental clarity focus and better memory. Acupuncture also helps relieve symptoms of PTSD.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. (Sage 1210) (Co-sponsored by the Women’s Advocacy Council): Screening of the film “Lioness” with talk-back panel led by female Afghanistan/Iraq war veterans.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sage 1210) (Co-sponsored by the International Film Series): Screening of “In the Valley of Elah” with talk-back led by Kelly Wilz (UW Marshfield) and Troy Perkins (UW Oshkosh).
Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. (Reeve Theater): “War: Through Their Eyes, Warriors & Nurses” is a student/faculty multimedia project – which includes a book, a series of podcasts and a photo exhibit – that focuses on the veterans in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Warriors & Nurses are the stories of the students and alumni who have seen war in the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts in the Middle East, and yet have found their way into a field of healing.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Reeve): “The Iraq War in Retrospect” will provide citizens of Wisconsin with a unique opportunity to critically assess a war that impacted American (and Iraqi) society, politics and military families significantly over the past decade. This first-of-its-kind symposium, made possible by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Military Veterans Museum of Oshkosh, is free and open to the public.
Through the course of the day panels featuring scholars, journalists, artists, psychologists, authors, military leaders, Gold Star moms, Blue star spouses, humanities experts and, importantly, Iraq War veterans will afford us the opportunity to inaugurate public, retrospective analysis of the war in Iraq.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent for the New York Times and author of the best-selling book The Forever War.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Reeve room 306): Memory Corps information on preserving photographs, video, email, audio recordings, uniforms and equipment. For more information on memory corps, click here.