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Theater of war@UVA [videorecording]: Addressing the Human Costs of War, Reintegrating Warriors Into Civic Life

[presented by] the University of Virginia School of Medicine
Video; DVD
Bryan Doerries, M.F.A. (Associate Executive Director, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Founding Directory, Theater of War (The Philoctetes Project), New York, NY) introduced, "The Theater of War/The Philoctetes Project," which brings to life the issues and challenges facing soldiers returning home from war. Through the use of classical Greek drama, topics such as pain management, chronic illness and psychological injury are enacted to aid in the healing process for soldiers and the understanding of these challenges by the general public. Following the presentation of two scenes from Sophocles' Philoctetes, Rafael Triana, Ph.D., LCSW (Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Virginia), Roberta Culbertson, Ph.D. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), Robert Guthrie, Ph.D. (Salem VA Medical Center) and Theresa Walker Eagle, M.S. (Salem VA Medical Center) provided comments on their thoughts and experiences with the "illness of war" or any violence, such as, post traumatic shock, anger, grief, guilt, anxiety, etc.
Panelists: Bryan Doerries, Rafael Triana, Roberta Culbertson, Robert Guthrie, Theresa Walker Eagle; Moderator, Marcia Day Childress.
Actors: Shawn Paul Evans, Alex Grubbs, Satch Huizenga, and Marianne Kubik; Director: Betsy Rudelich Tucker.
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60 min.
  • "Co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics & Public Life, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series, and Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities." -- from program flyer
  • Subtitle on program flyer: "How do we care for our wounded warriors?"
  • DVD contains the video file (.mov) as well as the audio file (.mp3). The video covers the main presentation, while the audio track contians the complete lecture, actors panel, speakers panel, and question and answer sessions. This medical center hour was not broadcasted nor hosted on YouTube.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Appreciate dramatic portrayal of an ancient greek warrior's suffering and his comrades' moral dilemmas associated with persuading the wounded warrior to return to battle in the trojan war -- 2. Consider the responsibilities of health professionals and health systems to meet needs of wounded warriors in our midst.
  • The Medical Center Hour is produced by The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Medical Center Hour's website is:
  • "Medicine & Society in Conversation."
Variant Title
Addressing the human costs of war, reintegrating warriors into civic life
How do we care for our wounded warriors?
Related Title
The Philoctetes project
Medical center hour
Series Statement
Medical center hour ; 09/16/09
Charlottesville, Va. : The University, [The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Historical Collections & Services], c2009.
Access Restriction
Restricted access to University of Virginia Affiliates only. For public information, see the URL below for the "The Piloctetes Project."
Related Resources
The Philoctetes Project
1 videodisc (60 min.) sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + script.
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  • Access in Virgo Classic
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