Minnesota Humanities Center

Examining Military Service From the Margins

Despite discrimination and frequent erasure, marginalized groups have continued to serve our country into the present. Examining Military Service From the Margins will bring together Veterans and civilians from Minnesota and beyond to examine the experiences of female, Black, American Indian, LGBT, and immigrant service members across U.S. history, and the complicated dynamics behind serving a country that does not always serve you in return.

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Casey DeMarais

This series, which is funded through the competitive “Dialogues on the Experiences of War” program at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held at three locations across Minnesota in 2024: Mankato, Minneapolis, Winona.  The following year, the discussion series will expand to offerings in Maine, Mississippi, and virtual, with the goal of building a flexible framework that could be replicated and locally-tailored anywhere.

Facilitated by pairs of discussion leaders, each week in the series will examine a different Veteran group’s experience across American history, using primary and secondary resources including, but not limited to, oral histories, narratives, film, legal documents, poetry, comics, and more. To properly understand the complexity of change over time, participants will examine a wide range of resources from throughout U.S. history, while focusing primarily on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror.

Opportunities to get involved as a paid discussion leader, or as a participant, will be listed below as they are available.

Discussion Leader

The application period to become a discussion leader for 2024 closed on September 25, 2023. Thank you for your interest.

Stay tuned in early 2024 for information about how to register to become a participant in this series.

We hope that you can join us on Saturday, October 21, for a celebration in honor of Veterans’ Voices Month in Minnesota. Veterans and civilians alike are invited to gather for a dinner and a sneak peek into the “Examining Military Service From the Margins” discussion series, with special guests on site. Following dinner, poet Jessi Atherton will read from her new collection, The Time War Takes.

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