2014 ESR Willson Lectures


2014 ESR Willson Lectures

When Does War End?
Moral Injury and Soul Repair

February 17, 2014


Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Theology and Culture
Founding Co-Director of The Soul Repair Center

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The day will include three lectures and a panel of war veterans discussing their experiences. This is a free event, and there is an optional lunch for a $15 fee. For registration questions, contact Miriam Bunner at bunnemi1@earlham.edu. For general event information, contact Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations, at fordma@earlham.edu.


Can't be here in person? You can watch all lectures via live webcast at this link: http://new.livestream.com/enten/ESR-Willson2014


Lecture descriptions:


I. Moral Injury after War
When a war is declared over, it returns home with those sent to fight it. Recently VA clinicians identified a wound of war that is neither physical nor Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but a deep wound of the soul, which they called moral injury. This lecture will explain the distinction and the impact of war on moral conscience.


II. Soul Repair
After the moral anguish of war, the journey of recovery is a long process of telling the story of what happened and finding ways to rebuild a moral identity. This lecture will discuss some of the personal dimensions of recovery and the process required to change from a warrior trained to kill into a civilian again.


III. Community Responsibility
The military uses a highly ritualized, intense, communitarian process to change a civilian into a warrior. What is the responsibility of the society to bring them all the way home? This lecture will discuss what we all can do to support recovery from moral injury after war.



8:30 - 9:30 am   

Lecture I - Moral Injury after War            

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 11:30 am

Lecture II - Soul Repair

11:30 - noon


Noon - 1:00 pm

Optional Lunch ($15 fee)

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Veteran Panel

2:30 - 2:40 pm


2:40 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Deep Listening

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Closing Ritual

4:30 - 7:00 pm

Dinner break

7:00 pm

Lecture III - Community Responsibility

Presenter Bio:

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. is Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School.(www.brite.edu/soulrepair). She was a professor for twenty years, directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, a prominent advanced research institute, and from 2001-2002, was a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life. Her latest book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini, 2012 from Beacon Press. The 2012 edition of her book,Saving Paradise: Recovering Christianity's Forgotten Love for This Earth, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker, was the theme book for the 2012 Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, England.


Event Date: 
02/17/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00pm