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Start Wars – Real Wars, A Veterans’ Panel Discussion

Date and Time: Friday, October 19, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Gitenstein Library Auditorium

This event is sponsored by The TCNJ Honors program and The School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The aim of this panel discussion by combat veterans is to balance the fantasy of war (as depicted in movies and TV) with the reality of war. Many of us have grown up with the U.S. at war or engaged in major military operations in the Middle East. However, we may not really know much about these or other prior wars. George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the last years of the Vietnam War, and World War II was a major influence on him as he was growing up. While he had the opportunity to direct Apocalypse Now, he opted to use the space fantasy film Star Wars to dramatize war in a way that was intended more for children. This genre is now used throughout the entertainment industry to present war to the public. By the veterans sharing their experiences and wisdom, we can gain a more realistic and mature understanding of war from the perspective of those who have been in it.

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