Civil Wars: Narrating Horror & Hope

Location: Center for Tomorrow

Date: March 28-March 29, 2014

Chris Abani’s Reading¬†(3/28, 8PM)

2011-2015 marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, a defining event for U.S. history that is being marked in numerous ways throughout the country. Yet often lost in discussions about this conflict is the opportunity for an interdisciplinary examination of civil wars in many societies across the centuries. On March 28th and 29th, 2014, the Humanities Institute is sponsoring Civil Wars: Narrating Horror & Hope, a conference that will place the American Civil War in a broader context and provide a range of perspectives for examining the phenomenon of civil conflict. The goal of the conference is to yield a better understanding of how human beings cope with the violence and dislocations such conflicts precipitate. Civil Wars: Narrating Horror & Hope will be an international gathering of scholars, writers, and artists whose work on these issues represents some of the most provocative and imaginative explorations on the relationship between war and society.


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