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Dr. Lois Nixon moderates local Telling Project, sharing vets’ powerful stories

Intense emotion filled the halls as six military veterans from Florida told their personal stories of coping as they transitioned back to civilian life as part of “Telling: Tampa Bay,” a stage performance by the veterans themselves – not actors – and are being performed at four locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Moderating the Q&A session that followed each performance was Lois Nixon, PhD, MAT, MLit, MPH, professor of medical humanities and program director of the Master’s Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nixon helped the audience and the performers delve deeper into the complications veterans experience while trying to re-assimilate into society following serving in our Armed Forces.

Dr. Lois Nixon moderates Q&A session of Telling: Tampa Bay.

Dr. Lois Nixon, far right, guides the audience through a Q&A session with the performers.

 

“It’s remarkable listening to their stories and appreciating the bravery it takes to share them in these productions,” Dr. Nixon said.

“Telling: Tampa Bay” is part of the national The Telling Project, founded in 2008 to help bridge the communication gap in an American society in which less than 1 percent of the population has served in the military over the past dozen years of war. The Telling Project is produced with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and the Saunders Foundation.

Performance script is based on interviews with the veterans conducted by Jonathan Wei, founder of The Telling Project. WEDU PBS is currently producing The Telling Project, a documentary of that journey to premiere on Veterans Day, 2015.

The dates for “Telling: Tampa Bay” are as follows:

March 3 at Studio@620, St. Petersburg

March 6 at The Players Theatre, Sarasota | Lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. with community resource tables for veterans. To reserve seating, call (941)365-2494 or visit www.theplayers.org.

March 13-14 at Hillsborough Community College Campus Theater, Ybor City

April 1 at Largo Cultural Center, Largo | Lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. with community resource tables for veterans.

Photos courtesy of WEDU