CONWAY, Ark. (March 20, 2014) – Hendrix sociology professor
Dr. Lisa Leitz’s first book Fighting for
Peace: Veterans and Military Families in the Anti–Iraq War Movement was
recently published by University of Minnesota Press.
for Peace tells the story of the role of veterans and their families
in the military peace movement that opposed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and
shows how the war experiences of veterans and their families “motivated a
significant number of them to engage in peace activism.”
According to Publishers Weekly, Fighting for Peace
is “a credible book detailing a movement that works on behalf of the needs of
war veterans in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has shifted its own emphasis to
speaking out against future wars.”
More information on the book is available here.
Leitz is the director of Project Pericles at Hendrix and is
married to a U.S. naval aviator who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. She
was a speaker on the Iraq War and military issues for the 2004 Kerry–Edwards
Leitz will discuss the book at the Arkansas Literary
Festival on April 25 and also at the Arkansas WAND meeting on May 6 at the
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.
Next year, Leitz will teach
the second iteration of the Peace,
War, and Memory “Crossing,” an interdisciplinary course sequence with English
professor Dr. Alex Vernon and history professor Dr. Michael Sprunger. Students
take classes from each professor, as well as a seminar with all three, and
complete undergraduate research and special projects.
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engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year,
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