The Iraq War: How Collected Memories Shape The Past

A conversation with scholars and students about historical narrative.

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Antonio Alvarado jokes with two Iraqi boys during a patrol through the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 10, 2007. Alvarado is attached to Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
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The Iraq War: How Collected Memories Shape The Past
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The Iraq War: How Collected Memories Shape The Past

If you had to tell the story of 10 years ago today, the story of our invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, what story would you tell? How hard would it be to assemble a narrative?

Today we'll look at that story through the lens of collective (or collected) memory, a fascinating branch of history that looks at the way people and societies assemble and preserve factual narratives. 
We'll also look at one high school history teacher's attempt to teach the Iraq War even as it hovers on the cusp that separates contemporary issues from history. 
Lastly, we'll talk about the way artists responded to the war. That's a whole show all by itself, but today you'll hear one singer songwriter who was very active in 2003 talk about the difficulties of doing a protest song in an unusually charged post 9/11 atmosphere.
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