Listen, Connect, Rethink - Veterans and Art

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Listen, Connect, Rethink - Veterans and Art

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




“Listen, Connect, Rethink: Veterans and Art” is a panel discussion composed of five post-9/11 combat veterans recovering from the psychological and physical injuries sustained in war. Through personal reflections, they will address alternative approaches they have utilized and think other veterans can access to get on a holistic path to recovery. The discussion will illustrate the positive mental health benefits of making and viewing art and how art serves as a catalyst between the civilian and military populations to better understand one another.

The evening will also include a reading from participants in So Say We All’s Veteran Writers Program.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to arrive early to participate in an interactive art project prior the 7 p.m. panel start time. Following the panel there will be question and answer session with the audience. The evening will conclude with a reception and another interactive art activity.

This event is part of a series of programs for Spring 2017 on “Veterans and Arts: Re-Imagining the Veteran Experience”. The series is hosted in partnership with the USD Humanities Center and the USD Veterans' Center. Other events in the series include:

  • “Full Immersion: An American Patrol Base in Iraq” — on view in the USD Humanities Center Gallery (Serra Hall, Room 200) February 1-March 3.
  • April 12 — Presentation by Karl Marlantes, Marine veteran and author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War.

Combat Arts San Diego will facilitate the panel discussion and has provided exhibitions of art at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the USD Humanities Center Gallery. To learn more about Combat Arts San Diego, please visit

Founded in 2009, So Say We All is a literary and performing arts non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them better, through three core priorities: publishing, performance, and education. “Incoming” is produced by So Say We All in collaboration with San Diego public broadcaster KPBS to provide a platform for the true stories of the men and women of America’s military, told in their own words, about their experiences leaving war and transitioning back to civilian life. Incoming is available both as a radio series and printed work.


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