Presentations and Workshops

Public Presentations & Workshops

Presenting on the topic of twentieth-century American war literature at the The Royal Military College of Canada, St. Jean Campus.

Since 2009, I have given dozens of guest lectures and speeches, led workshops, and taken part in panels and roundtables throughout the United States and in Canada. The topics tend to include military veterans, creative writing and artwork, social or literary theory, philanthropy, and college success. I also helped orchestrate two national symposia while President & Editor-in-Chief of Military Experience and the Arts, Inc.

If you are interested in having me lead a workshop or speak at your school, service organization, or event I now charge a fee for travel and preparation.

If interested, you will find a list of my past presentation topics below and you may contact me using my “Contact” page here.

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Past Presentations (Reverse Chronological Order)

  • “Phantom Weapon Syndrome and Discussing Veteran Homecoming in New Ways.” Lexington Psychoanalytic Institute. 12 Nov. 2017. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Identity Politics of Military/Veteran Cultures.” ENG 603: Special Topics, War Literature. The Royal Military College of Canada, St. Jean Campus. Instructor: Prof. Nanette Norris. 15 Apr. 2016. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Veterans are Natural Writers.” Second National Military Experience & the Arts Symposium. Cameron University. Lawton, OK. 14 May 2015. Co-Presenter, Dr. Lisa Day. Workshop.
  • “Veterans Studies: Best Practices.” Veterans Studies Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA. 25 Apr. 2015. Roundtable.
  • “Veterans’ Dialogue Writing Workshop.” Honors Seminar: The Battle of Shiloh: Drama for the 21st Century. Eastern Kentucky University. Richmond, KY. 19 Mar. 2015. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Preparing for PhD Qualifying Exams: Travis L. Martin’s Two Three Cents.” ENG 700: PhD Candidates Tutorial. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 2 Feb 2015. Panel.
  • “War and Homecoming.” POS 3931: U.S. Veterans’ Reintegration and Resilience. University of South Florida. Sarasota-Manatee, FL. 9 Sep. 2014. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Phantom Weapon Syndrome.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Harrisburg, PA. 3 Apr. 2014. Seminar.
  • “After Action Review: Writing Veterans into Higher Education and the Community.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Co-Presenters: Roger Thompson, Alexis Hart, Sarah Franco, and Mariana Grohowski. Indianapolis, IN. 20 Mar. 2014. Panel.
  • “Narrativizing Traumatic Fragments: Writing Wartime Experience in the Classroom.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, IN. 19 Mar. 2014. Presentation.
  • “Communities Large and Small: Accessing Writing in Local Communities and Social Media Outlets .” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, IN. 19 Mar. 2014. Breakout Session.
  • “Do It Yourself (DIY): An Invitation for Community-Based ‘Writing for Healing’ Workshops for Veterans.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Co-Presenter: Mariana Grohowski. Indianapolis, IN. 19 Mar. 2014. Breakout Session.
  • “Pedagogy as ‘Call and Response’: The Rise of ‘Veteran Studies.’” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, IN. 19 Mar. 2014. Digital Poster Presentation.
  • “Student Veteran Panel.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, IN. 19 Mar. 2014. Panel.
  • “Repression and Dissociation in Contemporary War Literature.” ENG 603: Special Topics, War Literature (Two Sections). The Royal Military College of Canada, St. Jean Campus. Instructor: Prof. Nanette Norris. 17 Jan. 2014. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Doing Thanks: Considerations on Veterans Day.” Somerset Community College. Somerset, KY. 11 Nov. 2013. Speech.
  • “The Intersections of Trauma and Healing in Veteran Literature and Art.” HIS 495: Practicum in Public History/Oral History. U of Maryland-Baltimore. Instructor: Dr. Tara Leigh Tappert. 29 Oct. 2013. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Bearing Witness to the Stories of Military Veterans.” Kentucky Association of Teachers of History. Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Co-Presenters: Tony Dotson and Herman Farrell. 28 Sep. 2013. Panel.
  • “Psychoanalytic Examinations of Brian Turner’s Poetry and the Post 9/11 Latency-Period.” ENG 854: Seminar in C20 American Literature, Post-Postmodernism. Eastern Kentucky U. Instructor: Dr. Lisa Day. 18 Sep. 2013. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Military Experience and the Arts.” CTCH 792: Beyond G. I. Joe: The Contemporary College Student Veteran. George Mason University. 07 Jun. 2013. Instructor: Dr. Toby S. Jenkins. Co-Lecturer: Dr. Lisa Day. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Writing War: Veterans in the College Writing Classroom.” Veterans in Society: Changing Discourse. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA. 14 Apr. 2013. Co-panelists: Drs. Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson. Panel.
  • “The War in the Heartland: Empowering America’s Veterans Through Creative Writing.” 11th Annual Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture. Somerset Community College. Somerset, KY. 5 Apr. 2013. Presentation.
  • “Woody, Harrelson, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” English Graduate Student Organization Annual Conference. U of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 29 Mar. 2013. Panel.
  • “Creative Approaches to Veteran Success.” The 2013 Veterans Symposium for Higher Education. Host Organizations: ACPA, NACADA, and NASPA. U of Louisville. Louisville, KY. 12 Feb. 2013. Presentation.
  • “Written and Visual Triggers: A Pedagogical Approach to Wartime Trauma with Student Veterans.” Midwest Modern Language Association. Cincinnati, OH. 10 Nov. 2012. Panel.
  • “Aesthetics and Personhood in Brian Turner’s Here, Bullet.” Midwest Modern Language Association. Cincinnati, OH. 09 Nov. 2012. Panel.
  • “Veterans Studies: A New Field.” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archival Conference. Richmond, VA. 26 Oct. 2012. Panel.
  • “Modern War and Female POWs: Resiliency and Sexualized Threats in the Memoirs of Rhonda Cornum and Shoshana Johnson.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Boulder, CO. 12 Oct. 2012. Read by Dr. Kim Fordham, U. of Alberta. Panel.
  • “Still Fighting: Experiencing, Reading, and Writing War.” ENG 603: Special Topics, War Literature (Three Sections). The Royal Military College of Canada, St. Jean Campus. Instructors: Prof. Nanette Norris and Luke Dilworth. 12 & 13 Apr. 2012. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Colby Buzzell’s Hybrid Reality in My War: Killing Time in Iraq.” English Graduate Student Organization Annual Conference. U of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 30 Mar. 2012. Panel.
  • “The Journal of Military Experience.” Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education. Eastern Kentucky U. Richmond, KY. 24 Mar. 2012. Two Presentations.
  • “Understanding the Current Generation of Veterans.” Hospice Caregiver Training. Heritage Hospice. Danville, KY. 22 Mar. 2012. Presentation.
  • “Skills and Scars: Teaching the Personal Essay to Student Veterans.” Northeast Modern Language Association. St. John Fisher College. Rochester, NY. 17 Mar. 2012. Panel.
  • “Unifying T.S. Eliot’s Traumatic Fragments on Margate Sands.” Kentucky Philological Association. Morehead State U. Morehead, KY. 4 Mar. 2012. Panel.
  • “The Veterans Studies Program.” VTS 200: Introduction to Veterans Studies. Eastern Kentucky U. Instructor: Maj. Clay Douglas. 12 Jan. 2012. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • “Here, Bullet.” National Remembrance Day Roll Call. Eastern Kentucky U. 11 Nov. 2011. Reader.
  • “These Twitters I Have Shored Against My Ruin: The Current State of the War Memoir.” Social Theory, Politics and the Arts. U of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 14 Oct. 2011. Co-Panelist, Dr. Deborah Core. Panel.
  • McNair Scholars Program 2011 Fall Seminar. Eastern Kentucky U. Richmond, KY. 24 Sep. 2011. Panel.
  • “Thoughts in the Presence of Fear.” Gallery on Main. Richmond, KY 13 Sep. 2011. Presentation.
  • “Reality/Anti-Reality and Morality/Anti-Morality in WWI and WWII Memoirs.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Rutgers U. New Brunswick, NJ. 7 Apr. 2011. Panel.
  • “The Battle for Balance: Ethnography and the Creation of Wartime Self in Shoshana Johnson’s I’m Still Standing.” Kentucky Philological Association. Kentucky State University. Frankfort, KY. 4 Mar. 2011. Panel.
  • “One Night in Iraq.” Kentucky Philological Association. Kentucky State U. Frankfort, KY. 4 Mar. 2011. Panel.
  • “Irony, New Historicism, and the Works of Wilfred Owen and Tim O’Brien.” ENG 302: Principles of Literary Study. Eastern Kentucky U. Instructor: Dr. Lisa Day. 26 Oct. 2010. Invited Guest Lecture.
  • McNair Scholars Program 2010 Fall Seminar. Eastern Kentucky U. Richmond, KY. 11 Sep. 2010. Panel.
  • “Guide to a Successful and Rewarding Graduate Assistantship.” Graduate Assistant Training. Eastern Kentucky U. Richmond, KY. 18 Aug. 2010. Presentation.
  • “Going from Combat to the Classroom: Integrating Veterans into the Campus Community.” Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education. U of North Carolina-Charlotte. Charlotte, NC. 12 Mar. 2010. Presentation.
  • “Latent Christianity in To the Lighthouse.” Kentucky Philological Association. Eastern Kentucky University. Richmond, KY. 5 Mar. 2010. Panel.
  • “Confronting Issues of Why, How, and Trauma in the War Memoir.” McNair Scholars Conference and Graduate Symposium. U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Delevan, WI. 11 Nov. 2009. Poster Presentation.