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LGBTQ Veteran Experience Forum @SFPL Kicks Off California Humanities’ Summer Series of Public Conversations

A lively discussion last Thursday at San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, How Far We’ve Come: LGBTQ Veterans and the Military, was the first of a series of five this summer examining the veteran experience. Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, Dean of Hastings Law School, the panel included Retired Navy Commander, Zoe Dunning (challenged DADT policy), Aaron Belkin of SFSU, a scholar, author, and activist,  and Jeff Mueller, active duty Air Force Officer/out servicemember. Watch a recording HERE.

Join us for another event in the series, Changing Faces: Diversity and the Veteran Experience, a conversation about the changing ethnic and gender makeup of the military, June 11, at 6:30 pm, at the San Diego Public Library  Auditorium. Moderated by Jorge Mariscal, Ph.D, Professor of Spanish and Chicano Literature, UCSD, and Vietnam veteran. Panelist include, Justice Castaneda, Marine Corps Sergeant, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Monica Ly, USC Sea Grant Fellow, USMC veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Robert D. Lewis, RN, USMC, President San Diego Chapter, Montford Point Marines.

Details about the August conversations in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Riverside will be announced shortly.

These public conversations are part of War Comes Home, a Cal Humanities initiative that seeks to create opportunities for communities across California to grapple with critical questions in the aftermath of over a dozen years of war, and a prelude to our statewide read of veteran author Karl Marlantes’ memoir, What It Is Like to Go to War this fall, anchored by programs at 43 participating library systems across the state.  For a complete list, click HERE. 

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