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Forum to Focus on Diversity in the Military


May 20, 2014


(San Diego, CA) As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the San Diego Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, Changing Faces: Diversity and the Veteran Experience on Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Historically, the military has been a tough place for non-white service members.  But increasingly, the face of the military is changing and so is the ethnic and cultural makeup of the veteran population in California.  The forum will explore how race, culture, and ethnicity affect the veteran experience and challenge stereotypes and images of veterans.

Facilitator: Dr. Jorge Mariscal, Professor Spanish and Chicano Literature, UC San Diego
Justice Castañeda, MA, MCP, Marine Corps Sergeant, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Monica Ly, Cambodian-American veteran from Long Beach, Operation Enduring Freedom
Robert D.  Lewis, RN, Vietnam veteran/Montford Point Marines

Wednesday, June 11: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
SDPL Central Library Auditorium
Central Branch
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego CA 92101

Free and open to the public.

This Public Conversation, Changing Faces: Diversity and the Veteran Experience, is part of War comes Home, a statewide conversation sponsored by Cal Humanities about veterans returning to California. As the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down, how will returning soldiers come back into their communities? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not? Through more than 800 lectures, forums, film screenings, discussion groups, exhibits, and a statewide reading program, Californians will consider these questions and more.

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Public Conversations is a project of Cal Humanities in partnership with UCHRI, the California State Library, and The San Francisco Public Library. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Institute, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

For more information on War Comes Home click HERE. 

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