University of Southern Indiana
 
Community Read 2012 Theme

Upcoming Events

Opening Event
Sunday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library's Browning Room
Jim McGarrah is the featured speaker.

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Jim McGarrah's poems and essays appear frequently in many literary journals and magazines. He is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down and When the Stars Go Dark, and a third collection forthcoming in 2013 from Ink Brush Press entitled Breakfast at Denny's. He has also written a memoir of the Vietnam War entitled A Temporary Sort of Peace, which received the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal. His newest book of nonfiction about re-entering society after war, The End of an Era, was released by Ink Brush Press in February of 2011 and is nominated for the Society of Midland Authors Award. He is editor, along with Tom Watson, of Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana. Any of his books may be ordered from the links on this web site: web.me.com/jimmcgarrah, Powell's Books, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, or at your local bookstore. McGarrah is a veteran of the Marine Corps and was wounded in action during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. He is a member of the American Academy of Poets, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans For Peace, and a founding member of Veterans Central.

General Billy R. Cooper
Author of "The Reluctant General"
Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College Southwest, Vectren Auditorium

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Brigadier General Billy R. Cooper graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Dallas, Texas and received an associate's degree from the University of the State of New York, a bachelor's degree in education from Cameron University in 1977, and a master's in education from Georgia State University. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in December 1968.

His military career has taken him across the United States, to Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf. Of his 33 years in the Army, 11 were spent at Fort Sill, OK, but he has had numerous assignments at numerous bases. After serving as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Albany State College in Albany, GA, he returned to Fort Sill as a Field Artillery Staff Officer, and served as a Systems Analyst at U.S. Army Material Systems Analysis Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He was later Senior Operations Officer, and also, Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. in the Pentagon.

After several other assignments, we was promoted to Brigadier General, and was assigned to the United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, FL with duty in the Persian Gulf and the Horn of Africa as the Joint Rear Area Coordinator. His final assignment was as Deputy Commanding General US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY .

Following retirement from active Army service he served as Director of two different Job Corps centers (Cleveland, OH and Morganfield, KY) for nine years. His awards and decorations include the: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion Of Merit (2 Awards), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Awards), Air Medal (2 Awards), and many more.

The Things I Carry: Storytelling Workshop
Saturday, April 14, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library's Large Group Room, 2nd Floor

Work with writing coaches to tell your story, either for yourself or to help the community understand.  Support for writing or recording your story will be available. You may choose to submit your story for web archive and/or presentation at our closing event.

"Women Proudly Serve"
Presentation by Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Associate Director of the Center for Women Veterans in the
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Evansville VA Center, Waterford Rd., Main Waiting Area

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Dr. Betty Moseley BrownDr. Betty Moseley Brown assumed the position of Associate Director of the Center for Women Veterans on November 1, 2004. In this capacity, she advises and assists the Director of the Center for Women Veterans in planning, directing, managing, and coordinating programs and activities of the Center.

Dr. Moseley Brown's passion for Veterans began during her United States Marine Corps service from 1978 – 1992. Her Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) career began at the San Diego Regional Office, where she was a Veterans Benefits Counselor and served as the Women Veterans Coordinator. She briefly left VA to work for the Department of the Navy.

Dr. Moseley Brown returned to VA in 2001, working in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Compensation and Pension Service and later working for the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Policy and Program Management. She was VBA's first outreach coordinator, coordinating outreach activities of five major programs and efficiently providing Veterans and dependents with information on benefits and services administered by VA.

As Associate Director, Dr. Moseley Brown serves as the facilitator for VA's National Summit on Women Veterans' Issues--a major training and outreach quadrennial event for women Veterans, women Veterans advocates, and other federal agencies that provide services to women Veterans, promoting transparent, interagency communication on issues impacting women in the military and women Veterans. She has also been instrumental in promoting national awareness of the contributions made by women who served in the military through multiple department-wide efforts, such as VA's "Her Story" campaign and the "Faces Behind the War" DVD.

Dr. Moseley Brown has a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sarasota. She is an avid Toastmaster, achieving the highest level in public speaking of Distinguished Toastmaster in January 2011. Dr. Moseley Brown is a 2004 Leadership VA (LVA) alumnus and 2009 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

The Things I Carry: Storytelling Workshop
Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library's Large Group Room, 2nd Floor

Work with writing coaches to tell your story, either for yourself or to help the community understand.  Support for writing or recording your story will be available. You may choose to submit your story for web archive and/or presentation at our closing event.

"How to Build a War"
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Given by Steven Williams, USI Sociology Faculty in Kleymeyer Hall, Liberal Arts Center, USI

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Dr. Steven Williams received his Ph.D. in sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 2000. He is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Southern Indiana and director of USI's Gender Studies program. He teaches courses in popular culture, classical and contemporary theory, race and ethnicity, and gender studies. Join Dr. Williams in thinking about the social, economic and political factors that may lead us into war.

Closing Event: "Things to Carry Forward"
Sunday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library's Browning Room
Selected presentations of work done and insights gained throughout the project.

Sponsors WNIN Ivy Tech EVPL VA Health
ECHO
Operation Support the Homefront Veterans for PeaceMFRI
Funders Evansville Literacy CoalitionVFW Post 1114