In the history of the United States, military heroism has become a key component in constructing a national narrative of victory and patriotism, often strengthening what it means to be a U.S. citizen both historically and contemporarily. Through the lens of "hero-making," this symposium will investigate the different experiences of "other" groups-gendered, sexual, and racial minorities-and their contributions in U.S. wars in the 20th and 21st centuries. As we will see, these minorities have critiqued, resisted, and expanded U.S. notions of heroism and militarism. This symposium will explore the politics surrounding hero-making, challenge some conventional wisdom on war heroes, and question notions of citizenship that might be grounded in a "citizen-soldier" framework. Ultimately, it will present an alternative view of the U.S. war hero, which speaks to the growing changes in the demographics of the U.S. armed forces and larger U.S. nation.
Masculine Impossibilities and Migrational Hero-Makings: Japanese America and WWII
Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker - Dr. Jeffrey Yamashita & Dr. Terumi Rafferty-Osaki
Leadership Perspectives: Reflections on Race and Gender
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Christopher Howard, Col. Jerry Carter and LTC Kim Elniff
2015 Reveley Lecture
In the Image of Robert Moton: the Tuskegee Airmen
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.