Humanities Institute

Peace, Violence, and the Humanities

The Humanities Institute has an ongoing series of projects dealing with themes related to Peace and Violence. The topic of violence and war became a focus during a Faculty Fellows seminar exploring ‘Intellectual Life at Moments of Crisis’, in Spring 2010. Since then, the HI has developed a seven-session community course (“Helping Our Teenagers Think about Violence and Peace”). We also  sponsored a screening of Prof. Nancy Schiesari's documentary, "Tatooed Under Fire," and a multimedia performance (“Look Behind You!”) on the Troubles in Northern Ireland by Steafan Hanvey. The Institute also organized a task force to design a Veterans Community Park and Pavilion, in partnership with the School of Architecture and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; this is an ongoing project headed by faculty affiliate Stephen Sonnenberg.

During the Fall 2014 semester, the Humanities Institute is presenting several events and community projects addressing Veterans’ issues, all in partnership with Texas Performing Arts. These are some of our past, and upcoming events:

September 4th, 2014

CANINE SOLDIERS: A screening of clips from Nancy Schiesari's documentary about trainers, handlers, and military working dogs, followed by a panel discussion led by Prof. Schiesari. This event took place at the Carver Public Library.

September 11-13, 2014

BASETRACK: A multimedia experience inspired by a revolutionary online project which connected battalion members in Afghanistan with their families and others around the globe. Accompanied by Michelle DiBucci’s score, actors and an on-stage band give voice to the Marines and their families. Based on interviews adapted by Jason Grote. Produced by Texas Performing Arts.

October 19-25, 2014

AUSTIN ARTS & SERVICE CELEBRATION: A week of art-centered workshops and panels for military veterans and their families. Co-sponsored with The Telling Project, Austin Community College, and Texas Performing Arts. Free and open to the public.

Public Panel moderated by Brian McDonald, founder and executive producer of the Veteran Artist Program.

Date: Friday, October 24th, 2014, 7.00 PM.

Location: Legislative Assembly Room (2.302) at the Student Activity Center (SAC), University of Texas-Austin, 2201 Speedway.

Telling: Austin 2014. Veterans tell their own stories onstage. Directed by Jonathan Wei.

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014. 7.00 PM.

Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre,
Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas,
300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712.

For information about other events offered by the Austin Arts & Service Celebration, visit


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