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Iraq War in Retrospect

Join us 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in Reeve Union on the UW Oshkosh campus.

Planned Program

8:30–8:45 a.m. Welcome

Ralph Beck, president, Military Veterans Museum

Dr. Stephen Kercher, professor of History, UW Oshkosh

8:45-10:15 a.m. Session I

Session Ia: Our Shared Responsibility: Supporting and Reintegrating Our Newest Veterans

Moderated by Shawn Monroe, director of the UW Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center

  • Kelly Aschebrook, veterans employer representative, Office of Veterans Services, WI Workforce Development
  • Brian Jones, outreach supervisor for the Veterans Benefit Resource Center, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Shereen Leroy, MSW, VA OIF/OEF case manager from the John H. Bradley VA Medical Clinic
  • Tom Voss, vice president of Dry Hootch

Session Ib: The Politics of War and America's Grand Strategy in Iraq

Moderated by Dr. Michael Jasinski, assistant professor of political science, UW Oshkosh

  • Dr. Mohammed Amjad, lecturer, UW Oshkosh
  • Dr. Robert J. Beck, associate professor of political science, UW-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Lamont Colucci, associate professor of Politics and Government, Ripon College
  • Dr. Andrew Kydd, associate professor of political science, UW-Madison
  • Dr. Steven B. Redd, associate professor of political science, UW-Milwaukee

10:30–Noon Session II

Session  IIa: The Shifting Strategies and Roles of the U.S. Military in Iraq

Moderated by Stephen Kercher, professor of History, UW Oshkosh

  • Captain Josh Silver, graduate student, UW-Madison, graduate of the United Military Academy at West Point, rifle platoon leader for 2-35 Infantry Battalion Quick Reaction Force in Samarra, Iraq
  • Colonel Joe Buche, Army Fellow, Center for a New American Security, former 101st Airborne Division Rear Command Post Chief of Staff, commander of the Division’s 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry in Tal Afar, 3d Brigade Deputy Commander, Division Chief, Planning and Implementation Division, Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning
  • Major Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, adjutant general of Wisconsin, former commander of the 141st Operations Group and 385th Air Expeditionary Group at Incirlik Air Base
  • Brigadier General Daniel R. Ammerman, commander of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command in Staten Island, New York, former commander of the 432d Civil Affairs Battalion and 304th Civil Affairs Brigade.

Session IIb: The Arts of War

Moderated by Dr. Marguerite Helmers, professor of English, UW Oshkosh

  • David Abrams, author of Fobbit
  • Emmet Sandberg, assistant professor of Art, UW Oshkosh

Session IIc: Free Speech In Wartime

Moderated by Dr. Tony Palmeri, professor of communication studies, UW Oshkosh

  • Matt Bors, syndicated editorial cartoonist and co-author of War is Boring
  • Zach LaPorte, Iraq War veteran
  • David Heller, Iraq War veteran
  • Bob Poeschl, founder of the Winnebago County Center for Peace and Justice
  • Barry Weber, Folk Singer

Noon–1:30 p.m. Plenary Lunch Presentation

Dexter Filkins, Reporter at Large, The New Yorker and author of The Forever War

Dexter Filkins

Dexter Filkins is nationally recognized for his coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the New York Times. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his dispatches from Afghanistan, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 as part of a team of New York Times reporters for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been referred to as "the premier combat journalist of his generation."  He currently writes for The New Yorker.

Filkins' book, The Forever War, is about his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was published September 16, 2008, and was a New York Times best-seller. The Forever War won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best nonfiction book of 2008, and was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by, among others, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine and the Boston Globe.



1:30–3 p.m. Session III

Session IIIa: The Soldiers’ Experience of War

Moderated by Shawn Monroe, director of the UW Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center

  • Todd Raley, Iraq War veteran and UW Oshkosh student
  • Michael Dierich, Iraq War veteran and UW Oshkosh student
  • Matthew Harris, Iraq War veteran and UW Oshkosh student
  • Andrew Neumeyer, Iraq War veteran
  • Dustin Hackbarth, Iraq War veteran and UW Oshkosh student
  • Joseph Streeter, Iraq War veteran and co-author of Private Soldiers: A Year in Iraq with a National Guard Unit
  • Theron Gohde, Iraq War veteran and UW Oshkosh student
  • Nick Brewer, Iraq War Vteran and UW Oshkosh student

Session IIIb: Treating Invisible Wounds of War: Trends in Psychotherapy with Veterans

Moderated by Dr. Erin Winterrowd, assistant professor of psychology

  • Dr. Dean Krahn, chief of mental health service line, William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Cari Myles, LCSW and ACBIS, clinical social worker and brain injury specialist, William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
  • James Lickel, staff psychologist and Psychotherapy Coordinator, William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

3–3:15 p.m. Coffee/refreshments

3:15–4:30 p.m. Session IV

Session IVa: Hidden Injuries: The Iraq War's Impact on Military Spouses and Families

Moderated by Michael Hert, specialist, U.S. Army Reserves

  • Pam Degroot, Gold Star Mother
  • Joel Brockman, Gold Star father
  • Nancy Olson, Gold Star spouse
  • Renee Nuemeyer, Blue Star Mother
  • Julie Hert, Blue Star Spouse
  • Karen Aspenson, Department of Social Work, UW Oshkosh and former executive director of Fox Valley NAMI
  • MarcyJo Chachakis, Family Readiness Group leader for the 432nd and 308th Civilian Affairs Battalions.

Session IVb: From the War Zone to the Home Front

Moderated by Michael Cowling and Dr. Tim Gleason, Professors of Journalism, UW Oshkosh

  • Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Luncheon registration information

Luncheon registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Chris DeIuliis at (920) 424-1134 or toll-free (800) 633-1442.

For more information on the program, contact Stephen Kercher at or (920) 424-7158.

Memory Corps Information Fair

From 1–3 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union room 306, archivists and historians will be on hand to show military veterans how to properly preserve their artificacts. Click here to learn more >>

Iraq War in Retrospect and other veterans week events have been generously supported by the following organizations:


Additionally, support for the program is being provided by several UW Oshkosh departments and student organizations, including the UW Oshkosh Foundation, Veterans Resource Center, Student Veterans Association, International Film Society, History Department, English Department, Communications Department, the American Democracy Project and the Women's Advocacy Council.