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War and its Human Costs forum
Saint Francis University will host the 2013 Forum on Violence called “War and its Human Costs” on October 2 through October 4 on the Loretto campus. The forum includes lectures by notable experts in the areas of war and veterans. The seminars are free and are open to the public.
October 2, 2013
End Date: October 4, 2013
On Wednesday, October 2, Sgt. Samuel Ickes, U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart Recipient will present “Combat, Veterans, and Traumatic Brain Injury” at 6:30 pm at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto. Sergeant Samuel Ickes has been awarded three Purples Hearts, a Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, and four Army Achievement Medals. He enlisted in the Army in 1985, and served in the U.S. invasion of Panama as an Army Ranger. He was medically discharged in 1990 but reenlisted in 2006, serving as military police in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sgt. Ickes’s combat service has left him with traumatic brain injuries, and he medically retired from the Army in 2013. He now works with non-profits serving soldiers, veterans, and their families and will talk about how brain injuries impact these heroes and their families’ daily lives.
The forum will continue on n Thursday, October 3, as Max Harris, U.S. Army veteran and founder and executive director of Support No Stigma will present “Life as a Veteran with Combat-Related PTSD” at 6:30 pm at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Sergeant Max Harris is an Army veteran who served as an Arabic Linguist in Iraq. In 2004, his tour ended early after he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2011, Harris began blogging about his struggles with PTSD at combatveteranswithptsd.com. He was also featured in the HBO documentary Wartorn and founded the non-profit Support No Stigma, whose mission is to eliminate the stigma for veterans who suffer PTSD by empowering veterans and educating the public on veterans’ struggles.
The forum will conclude on Friday, October 4, as Dr. Michael Mckale, professor of religious studies and director of the Institute for Ethics at Saint Francis, will present “American Wars and the Christian Tradition: Ethics, Illusions, Realities” at 1:10 pm in Scotus Hall, room 207. Dr. McKale received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union/University of California at Berkeley. He has published more than 40 articles on various ethical, political, and theological topics, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study world religions. Some of Dr. McKale’s research interests include world religions, contemporary Catholicism, social ethics, and justice/peace.
The 2013 Forum on War is made possible by the Saint Francis School of Arts and Letters and the department of sociology and criminal justice. For more information about the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-471-1125.
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