Veterans in the Literature Classroom: MLA 2013 Roundtable

A special Roundtable session: Position Papers hyperlinked below.

Presiding:     Liam Corley, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Speakers:     David Buchanan, University of Denver

                      Sue Rowe Doe, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

                      Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville    

                      Douglas Higbee, University of South Carolina, Aiken

                      Dominick Rolle, Emory University

                      Roger C. Thompson, Virginia Military Institute

Respondent: Elizabeth D. Samet, United States Military Academy at West         


Participants will discuss text selections and assignments designed to engage veterans and share strategies for managing discussions in mixed classrooms. We will also discuss how literary texts such as Emerson’s essays, The Red Badge of Courage, Richard Wright’s Black Boy, O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, and poems by Wilfred Owen and Brian Turner reveal new facets when studied in company with recent veterans.