Nancy Sherman and Patricia Nell Warren on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This coming Thursday, December 22nd, at 4:15,  Woman-Stirred Radio welcomes military ethicist, Nancy Sherman, author of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers (WW Norton, 2011), and then at 5:00, best-selling lesbian author Patricia Nell Warren, joins us to talk about her new memoir, My West (Wildcat, 2011).

The Untold War probes the complexities of a soldier’s internal war, and what Sherman describes as “the moral weight that soldiers carry on their shoulders,” and “examines the full arc of combat from deployment, to battlefield, to the soldier’s return to civilian life.”

The narratives are compelling and enlightening; personal experiences intersect with training, duty and obedience to answer questions such as: Is revenge ever justified? How does a soldier make peace with the guilt of killing or of surviving? What are the moral obligations of a a soldier interrogator when it is clear the prisoner is in psychological duress?

Trained as a philosopher and psychoanalyst, Nancy Sherman served as the Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Naval Academy and lectures widely on resilience, trauma, and military ethics. She is a university professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, and is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for 2011/2012.

Nancy Sherman’s interview begins at 4:15. You can listen locally on 91.1 fm (Montpelier area) and 91.7 fm (Hardwick area) or stream us live at Want to join in the conversation? The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

At 5:00, Woman-Stirred Radio welcomes Patricia Nell Warren to discuss her new memoir, My West: Personal Writings on the American West . The book is layered with fascinating details and sharp observations as she tells us about pheasants, and long horn cattle, Indian mounds, or the handmade jewelry of artist Heyoehkah Merrifield and the significance of the métis sash in Charles M. Russel’s art. No matter what the subject, Warren’s writing is “rayed through by a changing perspective over half a century,” from the spiritual mysteries of native culture, to  the wild ferocity of Calamity Jane and pioneering rodeo champion Alice Greenough.

Patricia Nell Warren was born in Helena, Montana in 1936. She is the author of more than eight novels, including the ground-breaking novel, The Front Runner, the first novel about gay love to win popular acclaim. “Her literary and political work has won  numerous awards and accolades, including the Arizona Human Rights Fund’s Barry Goldwater Award, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame, and the Gay and Lesbian Literary Hall of Fame” (source).

 Patricia Nell Warren’s interview begins at 5:00. You can listen locally on 91.1 fm (Montpelier area) and 91.7 fm (Hardwick area) or stream us live at Want to join the conversation? The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.

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