War and Healing has three primary goals. First, it will enable Miami-area veterans to explore the process of post-service reintegration by examining visual arts, primary sources, and texts focused on the aftermaths of World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Second, it will create a network of NEH-trained discussion facilitators equipped to offer veteran-focused discussion groups at diverse institutions. Finally, it will serve as a potential model for how universities, cultural organizations, and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities may partner to offer compelling, community-based, humanities-centered programming geared towards former service members.
The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative; overseen by FIU; and supported by The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, the Combat Hippies, the Florida State University Institute for World War II and the Human Experience, and the Miami Vet Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).