One Journey to the United States: An Immigrant Story

March 12, 2018

Justine Odila talks about his journey from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United States. While in the Congo, he worked to help child soldiers to return to school, their families and mental stability as well as helping other young children to not become soldiers in the first place. This work resulted in him being arrested but he escaped to Zambia where he lived in a refugee camp for 17 years where he carried assisting those around him. After a 5-year vetting process, he was finally able to come to the United States via a resettlement program. He presently works at Walmart, works part-time as a mental health counselor, and attends classes at the community college.

 

To learn more about the Democratic Republic of the Congo you can begin here:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html

https://www.hrw.org/africa/democratic-republic-congo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

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On-Site Immediacy and the Continuing Role of Combat Artists

January 15, 2018

Chip Beck is not only a veteran and an artist, he is also a combat artist with global experience who has rendered these experiences first-hand. His academic training is in political science, but he has been capturing what he sees on paper and other surfaces since he was a small child. Beck is an artist-in-residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He joins Katy Giebenhain for a conversation about “stone soldiers” and his current time on Gettysburg’s battlefield.

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The Kinship of War and Poetry

February 1, 2016
Seminary Ridge Review’s Poetry + Theology editor Katy Giebenhain joins the Anglo-Welsh poet Tony Curtis for a conversation about war poetry. The emeritus professor of poetry at University of South Wales was on a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Seminary Ridge Museum in-between other events in the U.S. Curtis is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and the Welsh Academy of Writers and the author of more than 30 books.

For more about Tony Curtis visit: www.tonycurtispoet.com or www.serenbooks.com
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Syria is Serious Business

December 4, 2015

Dennis F. Carter, Career Foreign Service Officer, Department of State addresses several important questions: How is the U.S. and the United Nations handling the refugee crisis? Is there reason to fear the influx of Syrian refugees?  What religious ideology drives Isis to detest the “secular state”?  Why does Russia support the Assad regime?

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The Cost of War: Yugoslavia

October 26, 2015
James Roach, retired Site Manager of the Eisenhower National Historical Site and Chief of Interpretive and Visitor Services, Gettysburg National Military Park,  discusses the complex reasons for the formation of Yugoslavia after World War I and its break-up into seven different countries during a devastating war between 1992 and 1995.  Among the complex factors are long memories of previous conflicts together with ethnic and religious differences: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Muslim.  Two results were the displacement of four million people and an abiding feeling of distrust.
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The Conflict in Ukraine

December 9, 2014

Dr. Christianson speaks with Ambassador Lawrence Taylor who describes the current tensions in eastern Ukraine and suggests that the U.S. and NATO were surprised by Russia’s incursions. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin was not prepared for the resistance from the new government in Ukraine.  He suggests that we take seriously Russia’s claim to protect Russians everywhere and do so unilaterally, but also try to bridge the gap between the Old Europe (“Mother Russia”) and the New.

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