Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Class of 2006

The authors from the class of 2006 are Jessica Snyder Sachs, Brian Eule, Alyssa Katz, Alia Malek, Eric Jaffe, and Chris Lombardi.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Chris Lombardi

SEMINAR PROJECT: I'm Not Marching Anymore: Soldiers Who Dissent, from George Washington to John Murtha
WEB SITE: Incredible Panic Rules

Chris Lombardi is a reporter, author and educator currently living in Philadelphia. Her specialties include urban affairs, women's issues, war and peace reporting, legal affairs, and health/disability issues. Her book,I'm Not Marching Anymore: Soldiers Who Dissent, from George Washington to John Murtha, is slated for publication by University of California Press in 2010.

Ambrose Bierce during the Civil War

Chris' work has appeared in The Nation, Women's Enews, American Bar Association Journal, and New Mobility. In 2008, while a staff writer with the New York weekly Chelsea Now, her series on illegal hotels won a New York Newspaper Association award for In-Depth Reporting as well as a Community Leader Award from Housing Conservation Coordinators. She's also the recipient of Columbia's Lynton Bookwriting Fellowship and grants from the International Peace Research Association Foundation and the Northern Manhattan Arts Association. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and as a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. She is also editor of the online magazine Women's Voices for Change.

Lombardi came to journalism after years staffing a branch of the G.I. Rights Hotline. Before and after she started work on the book, then, she has spent much of the last few years researching, thinking about, talking to many of the lesser-known soldier-dissenters out there, whose lives cast new light on the central questions of -- well, of our lives.

The words "soldier" and "dissent" are often seen as opposites. But some soldiers have always found themselves outraged by this country's wars, or by egregious violations in their conduct -- either the ones they're charged with fighting, or wars that come after. Some bravely spoke out while still in uniform; others, perhaps most, found their voices as veterans.

Most of this history is barely remembered or acknowledged by most. Even current veterans know only pieces of it, exchanging artifacts of earlier wars -- videos like Sir! No Sir!" or poems like I Sing of Olaf glad and big by World War I vet e.e. cummings.

Dissenting soldiers have changed our politics, our social welfare systems, our memories; the works of art they created, in literature and film, have shifted our culture. Looking at soldiers dissent, we can see history unfold.

Contributed by Chris Lombardi