Educating Undergraduates About the Complexities of War

The primary mission of the Center for the Study of War Experience is to collect and preserve oral history interviews with veterans and civilians who have been involved with or impacted by modern war. The interviews, videotaped and digitally preserved according to professional standards of the Oral History field, are housed in the Center’s archive and used to educate undergraduates about the multiple truths of war experience. The collection also contains personal war effects donated by civilians and veterans, including official military documents, photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper and magazine collections, and commemorative items.

Stories from Wartime

Each spring semester, the Center facilitates a course, Stories from Wartime, which features a series of moderated panels of veterans and civilians who share their personal narratives of war to our Regis students and a public audience. The course engages undergraduates in the complexities of modern conflict and deepens the students’ understanding of what ordinary people do in war and what war does to them. In this way, the Center works to educate Regis students about their duties as citizens to make well informed and wise judgments when faced with the decision to send young men and women to kill and die on our behalf.

Collection Contents

The Center's archive includes both unpublished and published manuscripts, pamphlets, diaries, memoirs, and journals generally written for family members or fellow veterans. An ongoing history project provides hundreds of hours of video-recorded testimonies by veterans and others that bear witness to the experiences of modern war.

The collection also contains items donated by veterans such as personal wartime effects, uniforms, official documents, photograph albums, newspaper and magazine collections, and commemorative items.

Collection Accessibility

All collection items are professionally preserved and cataloged, and are stored in a secure space. The collection is accessible to students, teachers, and the general public for research and study purposes. The archive presents exhibits of its archive items in permanent display cases on the third floor of Main Hall.

Educational Outreach

The Center also provides education outreach programming such as instructional materials, curriculum guides, and speakers' programs for classroom use by middle school and high school teachers.

Conference

Complexities of Commemoration: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Remembering America's Wars