Is Anybody Listening?

Paula Caplan grew up listening to -- but not remembering -- stories her beloved father, Jerome Caplan, told yearly about being Captain of an all-Black battery in The Battle of the Bulge. Her bewilderment about her inability to remember those stories led her to listen to hundreds of veterans. Her alarm that veterans' deeply human reactions to war and rape are diagnosed as mental illness drove her to set up free sessions nationwide for a non-veteran to listen in wholehearted, respectful silence to whatever a veteran wants to say, reducing veterans' soul-crushing isolation and non-veterans illiteracy about war and rape. Paula takes us on her journey through interviews with veterans including a 96-year-old, Black man who served with Captain Caplan, archival footage, and visual art. Written by Paula J Caplan

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Wednesday, November 15
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6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Jamestown Philomenian library
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donna fogarty
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