Kristen L. Rouse, US Army Veteran and Founding Director of the NYC Veterans Alliance will speak on “Sophocles’ Philoctetes: A Soldier’s Perspective” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 pm in Morrison Hall (Room 227/230) as part of a Scholars’ College Texts and Traditions class. This event is free and open to the public.
Kristen L. Rouse will speak about her experiences working with the Aquila Theatre Company’s performance of The Philoctetes in New York City as part of its series of veteran-performed theatre. She will also discuss how the play reflects some of her military experiences. Kristen has served as both non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard for more than 24 years. She served in Afghanistan in 2006, 2010, and 2012, for a combined 31 months in country. Her roles have included mission planning for resupply convoys to remote combat outposts in eastern Afghanistan and working directly with the Afghan National Army. Her civilian experience has included creating regional and citywide logistics plans and programs for NYC’s Office of Emergency Management and teaching literature and writing as an adjunct professor. She has written on veteran and military issues for The New York Times, New York Post, Daily Beast, Tampa Bay Times, and other publications, and spoken about her experience as a veteran and her service in Afghanistan on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NPR. Her experiences following her return from her third tour of duty led her to get involved in veterans organizations in New York City and to address the needs she still saw in the community by founding the NYC Veterans Alliance, a nonprofit that involves veterans and families directly in making change at the local level and advancing them as civic leaders, including training veterans and spouses to run for elected office. Originally from Florida, she claims New York as home and lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her partner Caitlin.
This talk is sponsored by a grant from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s Committee for the Promotion of Latin and by NSU’s Eta Gamma Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honors Society.