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Jonathan Shay: Author of “Achilles in Vietnam” and “Odysseus in America”

Date: Time: 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Auditorium
Additional Info: NU
Contact: Matthew Loar,
Join us for a lecture by MacArthur grant winner Jonathan Shay on April 16th at 5:00pm in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. A Q&A session will follow with refreshments provided by the Mill Coffee and Tea.

Dr. Shay is renowned in the field of psychology and throughout veteran communities for his work with the Homeric epics. He seeks to bring out the relevance of ancient literature and show how the study of Classics can help those who suffer from the aftermath of war. Shay is best known for his book Achilles in Vietnam, which compares the tale of Homer’s Iliad and the main character Achilles to the experiences of American veterans of the Vietnam War. His second book, Odysseus in America, explores Odysseus’ homecoming and compares it to the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life.

Support provided by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, UCARE, and the Mill Coffee and Tea.

Presented by the UNL Department of Classics and Religious Studies.

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