"Standing Down": A Reading Discussion Group for Veterans

Date: Thu. 18 Feb, 2016 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: Skeen Library
The Socorro Public Library is hosting an adult program, Standing Down, for veterans, which will take place at the Skeen Library on campus.  
The New Mexico Humanities Council and Great Books Foundation are working with the library to bring a national reading and discussion program for veterans, the goal of which is to enable veterans to reflect on their service as well as the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
Each participant will receive a FREE copy of the book “Standing Down”
Week One:
February 2 and 4
Week Two:
February 9 and 11
Week Three:
February 16 and 18
The reading discussions will start at 5:15 p.m. in Room 212, NMT Skeen Library
This program is designed as a reading and discussion forum for veterans. In the weekly meetings the group will discuss and relate to various selections from the anthology; Standing Down. This book features works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, public documents, and memoirs.  In the program, veterans read and discuss a series of thematically related works of literature over the course of six sessions. 
Week Three: February 16 and 18
Reading Selections:
02/16/2016      To the Fallen, by John McCary pgs. 485-488
                        Facing It, by Yusef Komunyakaa pg. 329
02/18/2016      The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien pgs. 309-325
                        Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln pg. 67

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