Lecture at Vanderbilt University: “Never in this World a Victim Like Me’: What Disabled Veterans Can Teach Us about the History (and Future) of American War”

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-2:30pm, Sarratt 216/220.

At first glance, the history of American warfare can often appear strangely devoid of flesh and blood. Prior to the 1960s, Hollywood shied away from graphic war wounds, and military propaganda continues to downplay war’s relentless consumption of life and limb. According to Professor John M. Kinder, however, injured bodies deserve to be moved from the margins to the center of the American war story. In this talk, Kinder offers a lightning tour of American military history through the bodies and minds of injured survivors. What emerges is a portrait of a nation that has long struggled to come to terms with the inevitable human cost of military conflict.

John M. Kinder is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He is currently completing a book on the history of zoos during World War II.

Sponsored by the Center for Medicine, Health, & Society



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