‘Stories from Wartime’ returns Jan. 30

January 28, 2019

Regis University Center for the Study of War Experience will open its 24th annual “Stories from Wartime” lecture series on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The first talk examines the point in history that changed the American public’s support of the Vietnam War. The presentations will be held at 6 p.m. on four Wednesdays through April 10 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.

The events are free but the Arvada Center suggests registering in advance at arvadacenter.org.

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

It’s mainly a collection of moderated panel discussions with war veterans and others affected by war. 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.

“The goal is to help educate people about the real experiences of war. People see war through the media or hear about soldiers’ experiences. We want to bring everyone in and get a full, 360-degree view of war. We want people to know the realities of 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.

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

Philip Sneed, president and CEO of the Arvada Center, said he was pleased with last year’s panel series.

“It fits perfectly with our renewed emphasis on the humanities,” Sneed said. “It 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" 2019 schedule at the Arvada Center
Jan. 30: Pivot Point Vietnam: Tet 1968
Feb. 20: Contested Identities: Life After Combat
March 20: #MeToo and the Military: What's Changed?
April 10: Diversity in the Ranks: Issues of Race in the U.S. Military

[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. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis 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