The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
As part of an initiative by the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote understanding of the military experience and support returning veterans, Hunter College has received a major grant that will fund public events and classroom opportunities for veterans, other students, and non-student members of the community. Participants will explore classic works of literature, history, and philosophy to illuminate moral transformation, injury, and repair resulting from the experience of war. As part of the grant, a group of internationally acclaimed researchers, writers, and public intellectuals will visit Hunter to engage the public in wider discussion and provide capstone experiences for students
Professor Acampora’s areas of academic research include moral psychology and modern European philosophy. Among her publications is Contesting Nietzsche, which analyzes Nietzsche’s views of conflict, war, and competition. She teaches courses on post-war philosophies of existence, theories of meaning and interpretation, aesthetics and a seminar on ancient philosophy and the emergence of philosophy in relation to the development of ancient Greek poetry and literature. She is currently writing a book on the topic of moral injury.
Dr. Weierich’s research focuses on the experience of stress states and related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. She is also interested in the higher-order cognitive and humanistic effects of stress and trauma exposure, such as changes in perceptions of self following the experience of war. Dr. Weierich is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist who spent three years at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the VA Boston Healthcare System providing group and individual therapy for veterans who served in WWII,
Vietnam, Korea, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.