Hall Center For The Humanities


American at a Crossroads
America at a Crossroads - ?Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Time Experience?

Documentary Film Preview and Panel Discussion
Special Events

Wed., Mar. 14, 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
The Hall Center is pleased to partner with Washington DC?s WETA and PBS in bringing the ?America at a Crossroads? series to the University of Kansas.

?America at a Crossroads? is a major public television event airing on PBS in April 2007 that explores the challenges confronting the post 9/11 world. The series of 11 documentaries is scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 15 and will run through Friday, April 20, from 8 ? 10 p.m. Central Time.

As part of an extensive public outreach campaign designed to create a national dialogue before the television debut of the series, the Hall Center and its partners will host a preview of one of the documentaries, Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Time Experience on March 14. A panel discussion with U.S. military personnel featured in the documentary, the director and experts from the university will follow the screening.

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
This film is a truly unique documentary that explores the searing firsthand accounts of American troops through their own words?fiction, verse, letters, essays and personal journals. Combining interviews and dramatic readings, the film transforms this remarkable collection of writing into a deep examination of life on the front lines.

Tom Yellin, is executive producer of Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Time Experience. Yellin spent 15 years as an executive producer at ABC News and almost three decades in network television. He was executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting and has collaborated with Jennings on many prime-time documentaries.

Colby Buzzell, while stationed in Iraq, began an anonymous blog about the war. As a soldier, Buzzell was able to share more candid experiences than an embedded journalist. However, his commanders discovered his blog and ordered him to have his writings reviewed by an officer before they went online, so he stopped. He has published a book on his war experiences entitled My War.

Jack Lewis was born in Portland, Oregon in 1964. Prior to serving a tour in Iraq as a PSYOP team sergeant for an activated Army Reserve detachment, Jack worked in news reporting, telecommunications infrastructure, general contracting and hardware sales. He has been honorably discharged and is finishing a memoir of his experiences.

Roger Spiller, currently adjunct Professor of History at KU, held the George C. Marshall Distinguished Professorship of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 1992 to 2005. The author and editor of ten books, including An Instinct for War: Scenes from the Battlefields of History, Dr. Spiller will hold the 2007-2008 Charles Ewing Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Military History at the United States Military Academy.

Theodore A. Wilson is Professor and Associate Chair of KU?s Department of History. Professor Wilson has written widely on the history of American foreign relations, the World War II Allied coalition and military history more generally; Building Warriors: Selection and Training of U.S. Ground Combat Troops in World War II will be published in spring 2008. He has held visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Center for Military History.

This event is free and open to the public.
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