Calendar 2013-2014

Upcoming Events

April

  • April 1, 7:30pm - 10pm, PAC 134: Join us for a reading of powerful poetry followed by a discussion with the author of "Here, Bullet" and "Phantom Noise". Brian Turner. Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet (2005), which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times Editor's Choice selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA "Best in the West" award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. He also has a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) that retraces his war experience. Turner served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry teamleader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner's poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United States Artists Fellows.

    This event is free and open to the public. There will be a brief question and answer session and a book-signing after the event.

May

  • May 4, 10am - 4pm, 215 Broadway, Chico: During the month of May 2014, the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) will offer the public an exhibition of works by living veterans depicting their war experience while on active duty or reflecting its impact on them when stateside. Please ask veterans you know if they have any art they would like to submit to this exhibition. The application form and art submission deadline is on May 4th. For more information please visit the following website

Past Events

August

  • Read The Yellow Birds!

September

  • September 12, 6pm - 7pm, Chico City Plaza: Book in Common Kickoff Event

 October

  • October 5, 9:30am - 11:30am, Colusa Hall: A showing of the documentary "High Ground" detailing 11 Iraqi and Afghan Veterans overcoming obstacles and climbing one of the largest mountains in the world. Tickets are $10. This event is sponsored by Chico State's Veteran Student Organization and the Focus Film Festival. For more information visit the Focus Film Festival website.
  • October 21, 2pm - 3pm, Chico New Thought Center (14 Hillary Lane, Chico): The Osher Lifelong learning Institute, OLLI, is offering a class discussing “The Yellow Birds” this fall. The purpose of this course, led by Brooks Thorlaksson, is to share ideas, questions, and experiences, as well as take part in community wide events that explore the topics presented in The Yellow Birds. For more information please see this link or contact the instructor.
  • October 22, 4pm - 5pm, Ayers Hall 120: Join us for an open discussion with Veterans regarding their experiences overseas. This even is sponsored by the International Forum.
  • October 23, 3pm - 5pm, PAC 134: Chico State's nursing Department will host an informational panel followed by a discussion regarding Veteran re-integration concerns and challenges. The discussion will focus on best practices for reintegration and general awareness of the issues facing veterans.
  • October 28, 2pm - 3pm, Chico New Thought Center (14 Hillary Lane, Chico): The Osher Lifelong learning Institute, OLLI, is offering a class discussing “The Yellow Birds” this fall. The purpose of this course, led by Brooks Thorlaksson, is to share ideas, questions, and experiences, as well as take part in community wide events that explore the topics presented in The Yellow Birds. For more information please see this link or contact the instructor.

November

  • November 4, 2pm - 3pm, Chico New Thought Center (14 Hillary Lane, Chico): The Osher Lifelong learning Institute, OLLI, is offering a class discussing “The Yellow Birds” this fall. The purpose of this course, led by Brooks Thorlaksson, is to share ideas, questions, and experiences, as well as take part in community wide events that explore the topics presented in The Yellow Birds. For more information please see this link or contact the instructor.
  • November 6, 7pm - 9 pm, PAC 134: The public is invited to a panel discussion regarding the themes presented in "The Yellow Birds". The context of the discussion will be to compare and contrast the book in common to past literary fictional novels regarding both the combat experience and the return back to society. The larger reaction to how societies respond to war, conflict, and those who serve will also be addressed through both a historical perspective and modern day setting.

February

  • February 27, 6:30pm - 8pm, Ayers 106: Iraq: 11 years later. A retrospective and examination on the war, its' costs and the aftermath. A discussion will follow a brief lecture on the events leading up to the invasion and the years since. The reverberations of the conflict will continue for many years to come and range from shattered Veterans, destroyed communities in Iraq and a general upheaval felt throughout the entire Middle East. Everyone is welcome to attend and be heard regarding their perspective and emotions. While reading this year's book in common, "The Yellow Birds" is not required it is suggested to understand the personal costs paid by US servicemen in answering the call we, as an American public, made.

March

  • March 25, 7pm - 10pm, PAC 134:  "The Yellow Birds" in historical perspective. Please join us for a panel discussion on the use of novels to describe the experiences of war. Is the genre timeless or are their unique insights into each time period and generation? How do these novels influence debate about war and what can we learn about ourselves and our society by reading and understanding these works of fiction. What value should we place on them and where do they stand in academia? Everyone is welcome to attend.