Author Reading and Q&A with Michael Messner

Author Reading and Q&A with Michael Messner

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Join us on Wednesday, November 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Library 3rd Floor Apse, for an author reading and discussion with Michael Messner, author of the book Guys Like Me.

Over the last few decades, as the United States has become embroiled in foreign war after foreign war, some of the most vocal activists for peace have been veterans. These veterans for peace come from all different races, classes regions, and generations. What common motivations unite them and fuel their activism? 

Guys Like Me introduces us to five ordinary men who have done extraordinary work as peace activists: Wold War II veteran Ernie Sanchez, Korean War veteran Woody Powell, Vietnam veteran Gregory Ross, Gulf War veteran Daniel Craig, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Jonathan Hutto. Acclaimed sociologist Michael Messner offers rich profiles of each man, recounting what led him to join the armed forces, what he experienced when fighting overseas, and the guilt and trauma he experienced upon returning home. He reveals how the pain and horror of the battlefront motivated these onetime warriors to reconcile with former enemies, get involved as political activists, and help younger generations of soldiers.

Guys Like Me is an inspiring multigenerational saga of men who were physically or psychically wounded by war, but are committed to healing themselves and others, forging a path to justice, and replacing endless war with lasting peace.


Wednesday, November 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.


3rd Floor Library Apse