Student veterans curate exhibit at UIC

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Photo: S.K. Vemmer/UIC News

The University of Illinois at Chicago presents “The Things We Carried,” an art exhibit curated by student veterans at UIC.


Opening ceremony:  Nov. 11, 5 p.m.
Daily viewing hours: Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Nov. 12 – 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


UIC African-American Cultural Center
Addams Hall, Room 200
830 S. Halsted St.


“The Things We Carried” will offer a glimpse of life during deployment with a showcase of photos, artwork and objects from past and present wars. Prints on loan from the National Veterans Museum will also be featured.

Members of the Student Veterans Association at UIC collected and curated objects from their peers. Their questions elicited descriptions of the makeup, function and personal symbolic meanings of objects such as helmets, backpacks, uniforms, pocket bibles and camouflage netting.

Several members of the Student Veterans Association at UIC will be on site at selected times during the installation run to offer guided tours and interpretations of the display objects and selected images.

The exhibit is inspired by Tim O’Brien’s 1990 book, “The Things They Carried,” a collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War.

Admission is free. For more information, call (312) 996-9549.

The exhibit is presented by the Student Veterans Association at UIC, the UIC African-American Cultural Center and the UIC Office of Student Veterans Affairs.

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