Peace Week brings Pulitzer-winning author to Edison


PIQUA — Edison State Community College’s English Department will be hosting Peace Week at the Piqua Campus. Held in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP), the week will culminate with a visit from 2017 DLPP nonfiction winner David Wood on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Robinson Theater at 10:30 a.m. The event is offered free of charge and is open to the community.

During his visit, Wood will discuss his award-winning novel, “What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars,” which chronicles the moral costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sharing numerous stories from individuals who served, Wood sheds light on the harrowing effect modern warfare has created on both a personal and national level.

Wood, a veteran war reporter, is a staff correspondent for the Huffington Post, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on severely wounded warriors. A birthright Quaker raised as a pacifist, Wood has spent more than 30 years covering the U.S. military and conflicts around the world, most recently in extended deployments embedded with American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event follows the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards ceremony, which is held on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Benjamin J. Shuster Center in Dayton.

Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the DLPP is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.

Leading up to Wood’s visit to campus, a series of peace-focused events will be held beginning Monday, Oct. 30. A peace graffiti wall will be on display near the Myers Vacarro Art Gallery in the East Hall of Edison State’s Piqua Campus for visitors to take pictures and write a message for peace.

For a complete list of Peace Week events, visit www.edisonohio.edu. For more information, contact William Loudermilk at wloudermilk@edisonohio.edu.

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