2 pages essay


“Altered Bodies and Relocated Dreams:
Understanding reintegration and care for
student veterans returning from Iraq and


By Nicholas Rattray, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, IUPUI Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
12:00 Noon—1:00 PM
Campus Center 309

Medical Humani es & Health Studies 

425 University Blvd 

CA 141 

Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Phone: 317‐278‐1669 

Fax: 317‐278‐2525 

E‐mail: medhum@iupui.edu 

This talk will explore issues of community
reintegration for student veterans whose
bodies have been altered by psychological
and physical injuries. Drawing on long-term
ethnographic research, I discuss the tensions
that lie behind labels such as “reintegrated,”
“disaffected,” and “disabled” and how they are
negotiated in veterans’ everyday lives. In
seeking to manage new embodiments and
the tensions between care and the cultural
dislocations of military service, many veterans
have been forced to create new pathways
that diverge from their prior plans — dreams
both deferred and transformed.

Free and open to the campus and public,
but space is limited. Please RSVP to:
medhum@iupui.edu to save a spot.

ANTH A104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Optional assignment extra credit. Altered Bodies and Dr. Nicholas Rattray. 20 points available. Ten (10) points for data. Ten points for essay

In the upper right hand corner include

Your name

Course name and number: ANTH A104

Time and days of course

Due Date  September 25, 2013

Data and Essay, 20 points available

GUIDELINES:  To understand Culture and Society we will collect data from this presentation by noted anthropologist, Dr. Nick Rattray.

1. Take a small, pocket – size notebook and pen or pencil.

Notebook should be no larger than 4×6 inches. Post it notes work, as do index cards. Just keep it small. Don’t pull out a legal tablet.

2. The goal of data collection is to gather the “gist” or main points of the talk about returning student veterans.

3. In the data collection, I often find omitting all vowels makes note-taking efficient.

example: As r gl of cvlty in cmplx wrld. (As our goal of civility in a complex world)

4. Arrive early. Stay late. Sit near the front. Don’t save a seat for a friend. Make yourself comfortable so your note-taking is effective.

5. Silence your cell phone. If you are taking “Notes” in the smartphone mode, make certain your phone ringer and text message notification is off, silenced, muted, whatever it takes to not call attention to yourself.

6. After Dr. Rattray’s talk and discussion, put your notes together for the writing of the brief essay. 

7. Highlight what you consider the main schema (theme) or gist of the talk. Not to do this immediately will rob you of your insight. The best insight from any talk, presentation, is that moment of ah hah! You experience as something clicks together from your own life experience ( being a veteran, of family who are veterans.)

8. The data collection notes worth ten points.

9. The brief (maximum) two pages double-spaced essay is merely a report of the data, with an interpretation or analysis if you feel you can do this. The analysis is optional as most of us know little about this topic. If you have experience in returning from war, please feel free to include this in the brief essay.

10. Due September 25. Notes (data) are due in class attached by staple to your essay.

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