War Veterans

A Commemoration through Art, Theater, Literature, and Film

October 31 - November 19, 2011

In collaboration with the Springfield Vet Center, UMass Student Union Art Gallery, UMass Veteran Services, On the Same Page Northampton, and the Veterans Education Project of Amherst, the UMass Fine Arts Center presents a series of events in November, 2011 to honor and commemorate veterans for serving our country.

The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried
November 2, 7:30pm, Bowker Auditorium

This masterwork of contemporary literature is a collection of short pieces about the character Tim O’Brien, and his experiences during the Vietnam war. He presents a blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction that makes his journey unforgetable.
General Admission: $15; FC,GCC,STCC & 17 & under $10. Tickets 1-800-999-UMAS 413-545-2511 or click here


Creative Expressions - An Art Exhibit by War Veterans

October 31 - November 19, UMass Student Union Art Gallery


Photo by Ben Brady

Photograph by Ben Brody

Exhibit featuring art works in a variety of media and subject matters.

Opening Reception: November 2, 5-7pm, Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am-5pm  Friday - Saturday: 10am-3pm. 

Closed Veterans Day Friday 11/11/11 Free and open to the public


I Was There - Stories of War and Homecoming

November 2 - November 18, UMass Memorial Hall

I was there

Opening Reception: November 2, 4-5pm

Open Monday -Friday 8am - 5pm
A collection of photographic portraits of Veterans by photographer David Turner paired with stories that explore themes of Tim O’Brien’s book. Co-sponsored by the Hallmark Institute of Photography.

Closed Veterans Day Friday 11/11/11 Free and open to the public


Art and the War Experience

Panel Discussion

Thursday November 17  at 5pm

Campus Center Cape Cod Lounge

Free and open to the public.


Tyler Boudreau Matt Mitchell
Doug Anderson Tyler Boudreau Matt Mitchell

A panel of artists whose work has been motivated and informed by their military and wartime experience, and/or whose work explores Veterans’s experience in war, and their homecoming.


Matt Mitchell, an artist who is painting portraits of Iraq and Afganistan veterans for his national 100 faces of War Experience project

Doug Anderson, author of the award winning collection of poetry about the Vietnam war, The Moon Reflected Fire and a memoir of service as a medical corpsman with the USMC infantry.

Tyler Boudreau, a former USMC infantry officer, Iraq Veteran, UMass graduate student, and author of a wartime memoir, Packing Inferno, and a novel in progress.

Presenting Organizations
UMass Fine Arts Center
Fine Arts Center  Asian Arts & Culture
On the Same Page Northampton
Springfield Vet Center
UMass Student Union Art Gallery
UMass Veteran Services
Veterans Education Project
Committee: Fatima Abdullah, Theresa Antonellis, David Bressem, Ranjanaa Devi, Shawn Farley, Moema Furtado, Judy Gagnon, Stan Gajda, Legrand Hines, Sue Mc Farland, Karla Stingerstein, Frank W. Tencza, Rob Wilson

In the Past!

Here is an archive of many of our past events. If you are looking for current happenings at the FAC please go to the home page.

The past events section is updated periodically, very recent past events may not be listed immediately.

To navigate within the past events section:

By Year

By Program then by Year

By Artist for Exhibitions

Note these pages are updated every semester.  Not all events or exhibitions will be listed here promptly after they are over.
War on Film

Campus Center Cape Cod Lounge

Featuring war-related movies ranging from drama to documentary and comedy.

Our apologies...All Films After Nov 5th are Cancelled!



In the Valley of Elah

Saturday November 5 at 6:30pm


Courage Under Fire

Saturday November 5 at 9:00pm


The Hurt Locker

Wednesday November 9 at 6:30pm Introduced by Anne Ciecko, UMass Associate Professor of Communication


Catch 22

Wednesday November 9 at 9:00 pm

All Films After Nov 5th are Cancelled!



Tuesday November 15 at 6:30pm Introduced by Rob Wilson, Director of Veterans Education Project Amherst

Followed by a moderated discussion with combat veterans.


Full Metal Jacket

Tuesday November 15 at 9:00pm Introduced by Christian Appy, UMass Professor of History