2010 War, Literature & the Arts conference

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Oscar winning author headlines Academy’s 2010 War, Literature & the Arts conference

By Major Brandon Lingle, U.S. Air Force Academy, Dept. of English and Fine Arts

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities, produced by the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Department of English and Fine Arts, will host the 2010 War, Literature & the Arts Conference Sept. 16-18, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.

The conference’s keynote speakers include: Mark Boal, Academy Award-winning producer and screen writer of The Hurt Locker; Benjamin Busch, photographer and actor seen in The Wire and Generation Kill; and Brian Turner, author of two poetry collections, Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise.

This international conference includes academic presentations and keynote speakers in a variety of genres—including literary and journalistic criticism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film studies, photography, painting and music—focused on the theme “Representing and Reporting America’s Wars since 1990.”

“We have as much to learn from The Hurt Locker as we do from the Iliad. War and art have reflected one another forever,” said Professor Donald Anderson, long-time editor of the 21-year-old journal. “We work to illuminate this intersection of war and art in our journal, and the 2010 conference offers another opportunity to do so.”

“We welcome submissions that enlighten, challenge, deconstruct, engage with, or create not simply the ‘official’ representations of America’s wars, but the sub-cultures that merit a more nuanced or sophisticated intellectual exploration,” said Captain Jesse Goolsby, conference coordinator. “The conference is a great opportunity to engage in meaningful and scholarly dialogue about the representation of America’s recent conflicts.”

Presenters must submit abstracts by May 1, 2010. All attendees must register by August 1, 2010. Complete conference details are available online at: http://wlajournal.com/conference/ .

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