Echoes of War

Echoes of War Discussion Leader Training

Dates: Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20 and Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. (Friday) to Noon. (Sunday)
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, MN
Cost: No cost. Meals, lodging, and a modest stipend provided.

Echoes of War is a humanities discussion program that engages Veterans and members of the public in community dialogue on the memory of war in personal and public history. Echoes of War broadens public understanding of the diverse stories of military service while deepening perspectives on those experiences through an exploration of the longer historical context in which our modern wars in Vietnam and Iraq have been fought.

As the initial stage of this project, the Minnesota Humanities Center will train a cohort of Discussion Leaders to be equipped with a deep understanding of project texts, scholarship, and facilitation techniques. Guided by outstanding scholars and leading voices from Minnesota’s Veteran communities, the Discussion Leader training will be an intensive, residential program held at the Humanities Center. Over the course of two weekends, Discussion Leaders will spend time learning together; engaging with authors, academics, and experienced trainers; and studying literary and theoretical texts about war. The weekend retreats will prepare Discussion Leaders to effectively engage adult audiences of Veterans and non-Veterans in public discourse on war, memory, and Veterans’ experiences.

Following the second weekend training retreat, the Humanities Center will assist Discussion Leaders in hosting rich conversations throughout 2017-18. Public discussions will take place in Northfield, St. Paul, and Winona in conjunction with local partner organizations: Carleton College, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Winona County Historical Society.

Application Information

Applicants must commit to full participation in the retreat (August 18-20 and September 15-17, 2017) and public discussion series in their home community (Northfield, Fall 2017; St. Paul, Winter 2018; Winona, Spring 2018).

Applicants will be assessed based on ability to lead through listening and allow authentic engagement in a public setting; interest in approaching project themes of war, memory, and Veterans’ experiences through text and scholarship; commitment to developing relationships between Veterans and non-Veterans; and preparedness for rigorous discussion and study.

While applications will primarily be reviewed based on these criteria, the selection panel may consider the diversity of the overall Discussion Leader cohort, to include race, gender, geographic reach, and/or Veteran/non-Veteran composition of the cohort.

Apply to be an Echoes of War Discussion Leader

Questions? Contact Kirk MacKinnon Morrow, Program Officer,, 651-772-4252

Discussion Leader Training Schedule

August 18, 2017
Place and Identity
Remembrance, Reality, and the Transnational Imaginary

August 19, 2017
War, Place, and Personal Narratives
War, Place, and Personal Narrative
Introduction to Facilitation through Inquiry

August 20, 2017
Sharing the Stories of War
Bearing Witness: Sharing the Stories of War

September 15, 2017
Processing Meaning and Memory
The Memory of War

September 16, 2017
The Roots of War
Vietnam and the Roots of War
One Place, One War, Many Stories

September 17, 2017
Launching Discussion Leaders
Closing ceremony