ScholarShift Stories: How SSM Memorializes War

September 08, 2016

Several SSM students participated in pop-up module over Labor Day weekend.

Over Labor Day weekend, several Shattuck-St. Mary’s students participated in a pop-up module that explored how the School and city memorializes war. Led by Upper School English Instructor Laura Stelter and Rev. Colin Snow Maltbie, students examined several war memorials on the SSM campus, discussed how a society responds to the collective trauma of war conflict, and read the poem “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa for additional perspective. 

Later in the weekend, students also had the opportunity to visit Faribault’s Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, meet with American war veterans, and create their own responses to the experience through poetry and the design of their own memorials. Throughout the year, SSM students engage in a series of modules taught by faculty and staff members. Each module is an interactive, inspiring learning experience that exposes students to new skills, ideas, and areas of thought.

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