The War Within: Veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A Public Conversation
August 17, 2014
Sacramento Public Library
Tsakapoulos Library Galleria

Presented by Cal Humanities in partnership with UC Humanities Research Institute,
California State Library, and Sacramento Public Library

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how do veterans experience it? How has our understanding of it changed over time? What insights about it can we glean from the humanities – literature, film, and history?

Jay Mechling, PhD, Professor (Emeritus) of American Studies, UC Davis

Bill Ludwig, Vietnam veteran diagnosed with PTSD/Traumatic Brain Injury
Elisabeth McKenna, PhD, Clinical Psychologist – Family Therapist, Polytrauma
System of Care (PSC), VA Palo Alto Health Care System
David Morris, Former US Marine; author, The Evil Hours:
A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Storm on the Horizon

This program was one of five Public Conversations exploring different facets of the veteran experience conducted during Summer 2014, as part of War Comes Home , Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative to open minds to the critical issues veterans face when coming home from war. How should communities welcome service members back? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not? For more information, visit

Public Conversations is a project of Cal Humanities in partnership with UCHRI, the California State Library, and California Public Libraries. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Institute, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this recording do not necessarily represent those of Cal Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, or the California State Library.

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