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‘Legacy Project’ founder to give free Veterans Day talk on campus

October 28, 2011

Andrew Carroll. Photo/Simon & Schuster

The New York Times bestselling author who launched the Legacy Project, an all-volunteer initiative that works to find and preserve wartime correspondence from all of America’s wars, returns to Chapman University next month as part of the university’s Veterans Day observances.

Andrew Carroll will join Jennifer D. Keene, Ph.D., a professor of history in Wilkinson College, in a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Argyros Forum 209 titled “Remembering Veterans on Veterans Day.” Select scenes from If All the Sky Were Paper, Carroll’s stage play drawn from the Legacy Project letters, will also be performed by students from the Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

If All the Sky Were Paper premiered at Chapman University on Veterans Day 2010 under the direction of John Benitz, assistant professor. The production was honored with an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region XIII Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in February.

The Legacy Project’s letters have been featured on NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and This American Life, as well as in many news publications.  Carroll’s books include the bestsellers Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters and War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, which was later turned into an episode of The American Experience on PBS-TV.  His latest book, Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History, is forthcoming from Crown Publishing Group.

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