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LSUS Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

April 28, 2020


Dr. Evan Reibsome.

Shreveport, LA - Louisiana State University in Shreveport is proud to announce that "From Horror to Heroism: The Evolution of War Remembrance" by Dr. Evan Reibsome has received a coveted National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education Program Award. This marks the first time that a project of this kind from Louisiana has been funded by the NEH. Additionally, only nine projects across the nation were funded through the NEH's "Dialogues on the Experience of War Program" this year.

"I could not be more proud of Dr. Reibsome's efforts on behalf of our LSUS students, veterans, and our community," said Helen Taylor, PhD, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Dr. Reibsome's personal experience of war and his scholarly credentials make him uniquely fitted to bring veterans and civilians together in a collaborative learning project. He is a relatively new faculty member at LSUS but has already made his mark and helped us to serve our students and our region with humanities programming that can change lives."

Reibsome's project is a year-long public humanities study, designed to engage civilians and veterans on the theme of war remembrance. "The project developed out of my own military service," Reibsome affirmed. "In 2004, I deployed to Iraq, where I discovered that war was like nothing I have ever imagined. When I returned home, I attempted to share my new perspective with my peers, only to discover that civilians still largely supported the version of war that I had rejected. Over the past fifteen years, I have worked to understand this discrepancy. This program is part of that larger effort."

The project is slated for Spring 2021 and will center around robust conversations between veterans and civilians. At each event, participants will place celebratory narratives of the Civil War and the War on Terror (e.g. memorials, recruitment videos, political speeches, and video games) in dialogue with combatants' horrific accounts of battle (e.g. photography, poetry, literature). Reibsome's hope is that this juxtaposition will highlight and correct some of the most egregious misbeliefs surrounding the nature of war, misbeliefs that continue to haunt US military veterans today.

"In the United States today, there exists a massive psychological and emotional gulf between civilian and military communities, which invariably leads to tension and misunderstanding. Our project, 'From Horror to Heroism: The Evolution of War Remembrance,' seeks to bridge this gulf and alleviate these tensions."

For more information on this award, visit the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional information on the NEH's "Dialogues on the Experiences of War" program is also available. For Zoom or phone interviews with Dr. Reibsome or additional information on his project, contact Wendell Riley, Director of External Relations and Media at LSUS at wendell.riley@lsus.edu or by calling 318-797-5108.

 Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university's mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service, and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

 

 
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