Homer’s Iliad: An Anti-War Manifesto?

May 1, 2014
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Dance Theatre
University of Maryland Campus
College Park, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician and Founder, The Battle Continues Dr. Sudip Bose

Director, Combat Paper Project Drew Cameron

Department of Classics, University of Maryland Lillian Doherty

Actor Denis O'Hare

Moderator Kojo Nnamdi

What does the oldest surviving work of European literature have to tell us about our inclination as humans to engage in war and violence? Can Homer’s Iliad, seen for centuries as exalting the glory of the warrior, be read as an anti-war statement? To what extent does it call into question the code its characters live by?

This discussion of Homer’s epic will feature perspectives from actor Denis O’Hare, Iraq veteran and artist Drew Cameron, UMD Classicist and Homerist Lillian Doherty and emergency medicine physician and combat veteran Sudip Bose, who founded the organization The Battle Continues after his 15-month deployment to the front lines during the Iraq War.