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Conference to address military veterans’ reconciliation issues

The third annual Veterans in Society conference hosted by Virginia Tech features James Marten, chair of the history department at Marquette University, as the keynote speaker. The conference will be held Nov. 12-14 in Roanoke.

Marten is the author of “Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (Civil War America)” and author or editor of 14 other books on the Civil War era and children’s history. He is the current president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, founded in 2001 to support research about childhood, youth cultures, and the experiences of young people in diverse times and places.

Also speaking at the November conference will be Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien, author of the short-story collection “The Things They Carried,” a critically acclaimed work of autobiographical fiction that was also picked The Big Read in the New River Valley, a program in the National Endowment for the Arts.

Details about the conference, including the full schedule, lodging, and travel information, are on the Veterans in Society 2015 website.

Read more about these Veterans in Society events at VT News.