By: EVA MONHAUT
This fall learn more about our veterans on campus by attending the Veterans Book Club meetings. If you are a veteran, or just desire to learn more about their experiences, join the club for book discussions, movie screenings and more.
The IUSB Veterans Book Club was started in October of 2015 by Vikki Bloom, the dean of Library Services. The club almost fell through in its infancy due to lack of funding but luckily local philanthropists, Jerry and Dorene Hammes, generously provided funding for the club which will cover the expenses for five years, according to Bloom.
Bloom started the club because of student testaments on campus expressing their needs to be better understood and supported within the IU South Bend community.
Bloom and librarian Rhonda Culbertson both want to emphasize that the club is not limited to veterans but is also for those wanting to learn more about veterans.
“Communication between veterans and the general public is important because many of us don’t have that connection with the community. We can learn about what our veterans do and go through and how they experience their time in the military,” said Culbertson.
The club covers many topics including WWI and women in the military. They also discuss a wide variety of book types including graphic novels, short stories and this semester their first poetry book.
“We have invited authors of some of our books to attend our meetings too,” said Bloom.
Some of the upcoming events, though geared to faculty, are also open to the student body. They include a movie screening, a poetry discussion and a panel discussion.
On Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in the UCET classroom, Northside 245, there will be a 70 min film, “The Way After: The Challenging Transition from Active Duty to Civilian Life.”
On Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the UCET classroom, Northside 245, there will be a panel discussion with veterans from the student body as well as faculty members.
Lastly, do not miss the book discussion of “Bullet,” by Brian Turner, a veteran from Iraq. This will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Franklin D. Schurz Library.
The discussion will be led by IU South Bend English professor Kelcey Ervick and copies of the book will be available to be checked out.
If you want to know more about the Veterans Book Club you can check out their blog or speak with Vikki Bloom or Rhonda Culbertson in the Franklin D. Schultz Library: https://vetsbookclub.wordpress.com