FIU Oversees NEH-funded Program for Miami Military Veterans

War and Healing, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative, overseen by Florida International University (FIU), and supported by the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum the Combat Hippies the Florida State University Institute for World War II and the Human Experience and the Miami Vet Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has three primary goals. First, it will enable Miami-area veterans to explore the process of post-service reintegration by examining visual arts, primary sources, and texts focused on the aftermaths of World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Second, it will create a network of NEH-trained discussion facilitators equipped to offer veteran-focused discussion groups at diverse institutions. Finally, it will serve as a potential model for how universities, cultural organizations, and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities may partner to offer compelling, community-based, humanities-centered programming geared towards former service members. For more information, and/or to register, contact the Project Director: Dr. Jessica L. Adler, Assistant Professor of History and Health Policy and Management, FIU, 305-348-7968,

On August 16th and 17th, War and Healing facilitators participated in a training workshop held here at FIU as part of the NEH supported War and Healing Program.


From left to right Hipolito Arriaga (Combat Hippies, War and Healing facilitator), Paul J. Harrigan (Department of Veterans Affairs Miami Vet Center, War and Healing facilitator), Zoe Welch (Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, War and Healing facilitator), Jessica L. Adler (Florida International University, War and Healing Project Director/facilitator), Anthony Torres (Combat Hippies, War and Healing facilitator), G. Kurt Piehler, (Florida State University, War and Healing facilitator), Donald H. Whitfield (editor of Standing Down for Talking Service, War and Healing facilitator trainer), Brahim Almarales (Florida International University, War and Healing Project Coordinator/facilitator). Photos by Brahim Almarales and Anthony Torres.

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