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College of Arts and Sciences

Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

IU Bloomington to host book discussion for Veterans Day

Nov. 8, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nancy Sherman, professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, will be at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Nov. 11, for a discussion of her recent book The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers.

The Veterans Day event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. It is part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences Themester 2011, "Making War, Making Peace."

Nancy Sherman

Nancy Sherman

The discussion is co-sponsored with the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. It is free and open to the public, with military veterans especially invited to attend.

In The Untold War (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010), Sherman explores the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers. By illuminating the extent to which wars are fought internally as well as externally, the book expands the national discussion about war and the men and women who fight our nation's battles. At its heart are interviews with soldiers from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also from earlier wars.

Sherman is a distinguished university professor at Georgetown, appointed in the Philosophy Department and affiliated with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She has also taught at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a co-founder of the Joint Seminar in Law and Philosophy.

From 1997 to 1999, Sherman served as the first distinguished chair in ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, designing the brigade-wide required military ethics course as well as laying the groundwork for the new Stockdale Ethics Center. She has consulted and lectured since 1995 for the U.S. Armed Forces on issues of ethics, resilience and posttraumatic stress.

In addition to The Untold War, her books include Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind; Making a Necessity of Virtue: Aristotle and Kant on Virtue; and The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue.

Her essays on guilt, shame, responsibility and other emotions experienced by many soldiers have appeared in The New York Times , The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications.