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From Military Trauma to Healing through Creative Arts
Nov 10, 2023 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Newark Public Library, Main Branch - Centennial Hall
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

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Join veteran, author, and activist James Yee, Professor Janet McIntosh of Brandeis University, and veteran poets and performers Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski for “From Military Trauma to Healing through Creative Arts,” a live Veterans Day event and lunch at Newark Public Library on November 10, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. The multi-part program will start with a conversation with James Yee, who served as an Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay in the early 2000s and was accused of espionage when he reported the abuse of prisoners. Ever since the charges were dropped, Yee has been an activist for military justice while pursuing artistic expression as part of his healing.

The second half of the program features Jan Barry, Jenny Pacanowski, and other veterans as they explore how writing, art, and other forms of creative expression can offer veterans pathways to healing from service-related trauma and transitioning into non-military life.


11:00 am-12:00 pm: “Military Injustice: Chaplain James Yee’s Story” a conversation with James Yee and Janet McIntosh
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: lunch for all participants and audience members (free of charge)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Warrior Writers info session and “Bridge Back Home from War,” a poetic theater performance by Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski

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