Rocky Hill Country Day School’s junior English students recently completed “What They Still Carry: Experiences of War,” an interview-based project that recorded the experiences of combat and non-combat veterans. The culmination of the project will see the students exhibit creative responses to their findings at the Varnum Armory in East Greenwich from January 23 to 30. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage dialogue between civil and military societies by creating an understanding of the effects that war can have on the human body, mind, and relationships.
"What They Still Carry: Experiences of War" was inspired by The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien's classic novel on the experience of war and its persistence in memory, and a piece written by Phil Klay for The New York Times, "After War, A Failure of the Imagination." In their different ways, both texts advocate for us to deeply listen to and learn from the experiences of the soldiers who represent America in fraught situations the world over.
The exhibit opening is this Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.