What language do we use to talk about war? How does this language affect our understanding of war and impact those who fight? On April 13 the Library hosted “The Language of War”, a panel discussion that included combat veterans and anti-war activists exploring these questions as part of The Big Read, featuring Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War classic The Things They Carried.
The panelists were Pat Hunt, from the Chicago chapter of CodePink, Vietnam War combat veteran Barry Romo, Iraq War combat veteran Anthony Wagner, and Louis Silverstein, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Columbia College Chicago as moderator and panelist. Some highlights: