Popular series moves its public lectures to Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

January 23, 2018

Regis University launches its popular “Stories from Wartime” for students and the public on Feb. 7 with a look at the combat experience in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The presentations will be held at 6 p.m. on five Wednesdays through April 25 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. The discussions are free to the public but advanced registration is required at https://arvadacenter.org/education/stories-from-wartime.

Primarily a collection of panel discussions with war veterans and others affected by war, guests share their personal stories with students and the public. The purpose is to grow understanding of the complexities of war and widen perspectives of what ordinary people do in war, and what war does to them.

“Our overarching goal is to educate students and the wider community about the realities of war so they’ll make well-informed decisions when faced with sending our young men and women into modern war,” said Regis historian Nate Matlock, director of the Center for the Study of War Experience, which sponsors the class.

Offered every spring since 1995, “Stories from Wartime” is both a public event and a class offered to Regis University undergraduates.

This is the first year Regis has partnered with the Arvada Center to bring the public lectures to a larger audience. The two esteemed institutions recently have partnered to share resources and improve the delivery of arts and humanities in Northwest Denver. 

“The Arvada Center is a natural fit for discussing these important topics in our communities,” said Matlock, who has been involved in 14 of the series’ 23 years. “We’re asking veterans to share their experiences of war – we’re talking about race and gender, about ‘othering’ the enemy and about the legacies of war.”

Philip Sneed, executive director of the Arvada Center, said he was thrilled with the arrangement.

“It fits perfectly with our renewed emphasis on the humanities, and it brings students into the building, where they're sure to see some of the artwork in our galleries, and can get a sense of all that we offer,” Sneed said. “It also exposes our core audience to the outstanding programs offered by Regis University in general, and the Center for the Study of War Experience in particular.”

Regis University’s ‘Stories from Wartime’ 2018 Schedule at the Arvada Center

Feb. 7: The Combat Experience

Feb. 28: The Korean War and its Legacy

March 21: Race, Gender and the Military

April 11: The ‘Othering’ of Perceived Enemies

April 25: The Complexities of Commemoration

[Please see www.regis.edu/warexperience for more schedule details.]

The Center for the Study of War Experience, a nationally recognized repository of personal war narratives and testimonies, collects and preserves oral history interviews with veterans and civilians who have been involved with or changed by modern war. Interviews are videotaped and digitally preserved according to professional standards of the Oral History field. 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. For more information about “Stories from Wartime” or the Center, visit www.regis.edu or call 303.964.6020.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.

Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. For more information visit  https://arvadacenter.org.