Reading Veterans Book Group: Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq by Jessica Goodell and John Hearn

Thursday, February 13, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by LTC Maria Emery, Army ROTC; Dr. Bruce LaForse, Classics Department; Dr. Jonathan Winkler, History Department; LTC Phillip Wolford, Army ROTC.

In 2008, CBS' Chief Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan, candidly speculated about the human side of the war in Iraq: "Tell me the last time you saw the body of a dead American soldier. What does that look like? Who in America knows what that looks like? Because I know what that looks like, and I feel responsible for the fact that no one else does..." Logan's query raised some important yet ignored questions: How did the remains of American service men and women get from the dusty roads of Fallujah to the flag-covered coffins at Dover Air Force Base? And what does the gathering of those remains tell us about the nature of modern warfare and about ourselves? These questions are the focus of Jess Goodell's story, Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq.

Website for Shade it Black