Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division of Education Programs

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Expected output

Community and/or Internal Partnerships;
Discussion Series;
Educational Resources;
Facilitator Training

Period of performance

Twelve- to twenty-four months

Application available (anticipated)

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Project start date

The Dialogues on the Experience of War program supports the study and discussion of humanities sources that address the experiences of military service and war from a wide variety of perspectives. In recognition of the importance of the humanities in helping Americans to understand the meaning and experiences of military service and war, Dialogues projects encourage veterans and nonveterans to reflect collectively on such topics as civic engagement, veteran identity, the legacies of war, service, and homecoming. Project teams should include humanities scholars, military veterans, and individuals with relevant experience.

Dialogues projects may take a wide variety of forms, including:

  • Bridge programs for veterans seeking to further or resume their education
  • Community discussion series hosted by veterans’ organizations or cultural institutions such as museums or theaters 
  • Undergraduate or graduate courses that train students to lead discussions on campus or in the local community
  • Seminars for members of the public
  • Reading and discussion programs for veterans and others in the justice system or in group housing
  • Discussion series focused on local historical collections, memorial sites, film series, or exhibitions

Dialogues projects must include:

  • Discussion programs: The convening (in person or virtual) of at least two sustained discussion series focused on humanities resources and themes that address the experiences of war and military service and that explore at least two different conflicts in depth. Dialogues discussion groups may comprise military veterans only (including subsets of veterans such as students or residents of a group facility); or any mix of nonveterans, veterans, and military-affiliated persons, and interested members of the public.
  • Preparatory programs: The creation of an in person or virtual preparatory program to recruit and train a cohort of individuals, and then to select and mentor some or all of them to serve as facilitators for the discussion programs.

A virtual Q&A is scheduled for 1:00 pm Eastern on June 29, 2023. Click here to join

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Program Statistics

This grant has been awarded for
8 years
In the past three competitions, NEH received an average of
25 Applications
per year
This program has a
19% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
10 Awards
per year

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