What can we learn from those who have fought on our behalf?

This season-long series explored military experiences from the Vietnam War to contemporary conflicts in the Middle East, looking at the personal realities and ethical complexity of service, the return to civilian life, and the responsibilities we share.


Past Live Context Events: War: Return and Recovery

Performance | Kronos Quartet, My Lai
Sat, October 10, 2015 at 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

The infamous 1968 massacre of Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers at My Lai provides the context for this gripping new work written by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger for the Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese multi-instrumental Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ.


Public Talk | Forgotten Hero of My Lai
Sat, October 10 at 6:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

Veteran journalist Trent Angers joins us for a talk regarding U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, the American war hero whose intervention in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War and return home is the inspiration for composer Jonathan Berger's new operatic work, My Lai.


Workshop | Combat Paper Workshop
Mon, November 2 with sessions from 12-3:00pm & 5-7:00pm
Loading dock, Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Students, veterans, and the community are invited to participate in workshops where uniforms worn in service will be transformed into handmade paper. The workshops will be an opportunity to create works of art and share our understandings about the collective responsibilities of military service.

Cosponsored by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities.

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Public Talk | Who Bleeds, Who Pays?: Ethics and Strategies in the Era of the All-Volunteer Force
Tue, April 19 at 5:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Retired former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan), Professor David Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and editor of The Modern American Military), and Army officer and Stanford alum Tim Hsia (JD / MBA '14) discuss the transformation of modern American military into today's all-volunteer force and what this means for the citizenry it serves.


Public Talk | Combat Trauma in Science and Art
Sat, April 23 at 6:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

Stanford neurologist Dr. Amit Etkin joins AXIS Dance artistic director Judith Smith for a conversation about the changing conceptions of combat trauma in science and art, which are expanding our understanding about the experiences and resilience of our returning veterans

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Performance | AXIS Dance Company, to go again
Sat, April 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

The innovative and outstanding Oakland ensemble AXIS Dance Company, which is composed of performers with and without disabilities, presents to go again, a dramatic new work of dance theater by esteemed San Francisco choreographer Joe Goode.

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