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‘Operation Homecoming’ is IU Northwest campus read for 2015-16

Emotional stories of war, military service to fuel discussion during fall events

Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, Indiana University Northwest and its surrounding community are exploring the themes of its chosen book, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, edited by Andrew Carroll. The book is a series of shared stories, letters and experiences that tell the story of America’s military...through their eyes.

Continuing the discussion of the book and its themes, IU Northwest is proud to announce a number of events in anticipation of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The schedule of events planned for Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 12, include:

Veterans Day Events: Nov. 11

“Soup ‘N Substance” Book Discussion

2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11

John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, 105ABC

At this discussion, attendees will explore life in the military by sampling a military staple – an MRE, which stands for “Meal, Ready to Eat.” MREs will be available to the first 35 individuals to arrive. Because the meals are extremely high in sodium and may not be an option for some with dietary restrictions, an alternative of soup and bread will be available.

Screening of PBS Production, “America at a Crossroads”

3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11

Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

Reception to follow

Guest Speaker -- Miyoko Hikiji, author of All I Could Be: The Story of a Woman Warrior in Iraq

4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11

Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center
Reception to follow.

Call for stories

Throughout the remainder of the academic year, the One Book … One Campus … One Community … planning committee is continuing to accept stories from local residents who also have a war or military experience to share. In the same way that Andrew Carroll gave a voice to America’s veterans, IU Northwest wants to do the same for its local residents. With the author’s permission, the stories may be compiled and published in a similar anthology.

The campus community and local residents are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration in an IU Northwest publication, planned for Spring 2016. For guidelines on how to submit a story for consideration, visit:

The book is available for purchase at the IU Northwest Book Store, as well as through

 For event updates and classroom resources, visit:

For more information about writing submissions, fall events, or the One Book … One Campus … One Community reading initiative, contact Crystal Shannon at (219) 980-6961 or

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