"When Janey Comes Marching Home," Book Signing and Panel Discussion on Veterans History Projects at CDS, March 20

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Lots of amazing documentary projects are happening in Durham about veterans! From the Center for Documentary Studies website:

"Laura Browder will visit CDS to sign copies of her and photographer Sascha Pflaeging’s book, When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and to discuss her work with Sharon Raynor, a Humanities Writ Large Faculty Fellow at Duke, and Beth Ann Koelsch, curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the UNC-Greensboro University Libraries. Longtime CDS instructor Michelle Lanier will moderate the discussion.

Tuesday, March 20, 6–9 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

The recent launch of the Veterans Oral History Project in North Carolina brought an accompanying exhibit of the same name to CDS this month. When Janey Comes Marching Home includes forty large-scale color photographic portraits and accompanying oral histories of female soldiers who served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2012, in the Lyndhurst, Porch, and University Galleries at CDS.

Laura Browder is the Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor in American Studies at the University of Richmond. Previous books include Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America (UNC Press, 2008). Sharon Raynor is the Mott University Distinguished Professor at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. The director of two veterans oral history projects, she is working closely with CDS this semester to explore and document community experiences, spoken memory, oral history, and the literacy and culture of silence. Beth Ann Koelsch has been curator of the WVHP since 2008. The project documents the female experience in the U.S. military from WWII to the present through letters, papers, photographs, published materials, uniforms, artifacts, and oral histories. Michelle Lanier is teaching the Documentary Studies class Ethnographic Writing: The Veterans Oral History Project in North Carolina.

Read an article from the News and Observer on Sharon Raynor and a visit from Vietnam veterans who visited CDS."