During Summer 2015, Prof. Robert Watts will run a side-by-side community based learning literature course—War Stories: Violence and Resilience.
Throughout the course, students explore war from the ground-level point of view of soldiers in combat. The focus will be non-fiction accounts of soldiers in battle. The class treats war stories as a form of literature that depicts the human struggle to survive and make meaning in extreme situations. Some course texts will be graphic, and there will be no attempt to minimize the violence and bloodshed that defines war. The class will also explore the aftermath of war and the challenges faced by veterans re-entering civilian society.