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Outside the Wire: Wartime Caretakers' Experiences Then and Now

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Rutgers University–Camden

303 Cooper Street

Camden, NJ 08102

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Outside the Wire is an annual discussion series focused on wartime narratives and featuring the perspectives of veterans, artists, and scholars.

This year's discussion takes a look at the changing experiences of caretakers in wartime: nurses, medics, surgeons, and others. Inspired by the history of military caretakers in Camden, including, most famously, Walt Whitman, this panel will ask: how have caretakers' lives and work changed from the Civil War to contemporary conflicts? Scholars and recent veterans will examine how changes in working conditions, military and medical developments, and social circumstances have affected what it's like to treat America's soldiers - and what's changed in the ways armed forces caretakers view themselves.

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Jane Schultz is Professor of English and Director of Literature at IUPUI in Indianapolis. She is the editor, most recently, of This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton, and the author of Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America, which was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize. Dr. Schultz was a recipient of an IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Fellowship for her book Lead, Blood and Ink: A History of Civil War Medicine. She was also a historical consultant to the PBS miniseries Mercy Street.

Tyler Hoffman is Professor of English and Associate Provost for Academic Programs at Rutgers University-Camden. He is the author of Robert Frost and the Politics of Poetry; Teaching with the Norton Anthology of Poetry; and American Poetry in Performance: From Walt Whitman to Hip Hop. Articles and book chapters on a wide range of American poets, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Frances E. W. Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Gary Snyder, Thom Gunn, and contemporary slam poets.

Kate Epstein (moderator) is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden. Her research focuses on the acquisition of advanced industrial weapons technology; she is particularly interested in the relationship between national security and intellectual property. Her first book, Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (Harvard University Press, 2014), examines these issues through the lens of torpedo development before World War I. At Rutgers-Camden, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in military, diplomatic, and US history, and in the philosophy of history.

Artist-veterans from Warrior Writers, an area nonprofit that provides writing workshops to veterans.

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