Open to Public
Theater of War: University of Mississippi
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Thu, Nov 11.2021
Theater of war is an innovative public health project that presents readings of scenes from Sophocles’ Philoctetes—an ancient Greek play about a decorated warrior who is abandoned on a deserted island because of mysterious chronic illness that he contracts on the way to the Trojan War—as a catalyst for guided discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their families. Using Sophocles’ play to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the visible and invisible wounds of war, these events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.
This event is presented by the University of Mississippi and is open to the public. Co-hosted by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics and the Office of Veteran and Military Service, with generous support from a Visit Oxford Partnership grant, and from the UM Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Research and Supported Programs, the Division of Community Engagement, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the University Lecture Series, the Lott Leadership Institute, the College of Liberal Arts, and the following units of the College: the Departments of Theatre and Film, Public Policy Leadership, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, English, and History, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
About the play
Philoctetes by Sophocles
Sophocles’ Philoctetes tells the story of decorated warrior who is abandoned on a deserted island because of mysterious chronic illness that he contracts on the way to the Trojan War. Nine years later, the Greeks learn from an oracle that in order to win the war they must rescue him from the island. When they finally come for him, the wounded warrior must overcome nine long years of festering resentment and shame in order to accept help from the very men who betrayed him.
David Patrick Kelly
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