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Artful Thursday “In Country”

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: William Monroe, professor in the department of English, and Nancy O'Connor Abendshein professor and dean in the Honors College, University of Houston

In anticipation of the Veterans Day opening of the exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, this Artful Thursday focuses on the war-related MFAH Book Tours fall selection. In Country is not a typical “war novel,” with bullets and blood, tanks and terrorists. Rather, the book concerns the painful physical injuries and disturbing psychological ripples far from combat—both geographically and temporally.

In Country is often cited as one of the seminal American literary works of the 1980s. Sam, the 19-year-old protagonist, is on a journey of self-discovery because of residual losses resulting from the Vietnam Conflict, just as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is set to open in Washington, DC. 

William Monroe addresses the novel and the 1989 film, rounding out the characters and themes through literary excerpts and video clips. The book's author, Bobbie Ann Mason, joins the discussion for a Q&A via Skype. Copies of In Country are available at The MFAH Shop.

This event is free, but tickets are required. Secure your seat by downloading tickets in advance! Tickets are available online (printer required to print out ticket), by phone at 713.639.7771, or at any admissions desk at the MFAH. Questions? Contact or 713.639.7771.

Promotional support is generously provided by KUHF 88.7 FM and KUHA 91.7 FM, Houston Public Radio. Refreshments generously provided by the Starbucks located at Buffalo Speedway/Westpark and Rice Village.