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Sailors Speak: Dialogues on the Experiences of War Discussion Program

Are you an active-duty sailor, naval reservist, naval veteran, or family member of a naval service member?

We invite you to join us for a Navy-focused discussion program called Sailors Speak: The Impact of War on Naval Veterans, Their Families, and the Country. This program seeks to prompt deep discussion and close examination of the historic and contemporary record through the lens of the War of 1812 and the post-9/11 wars. Volunteer participants will leave with a greater understanding of the historical context of military service, an increased sense of belonging, and newly forged relationships.

The discussions will be facilitated by trained discussion leaders and mentors who will cultivate and maintain a safe space for honest discussion with the goal of forging connection, understanding, and compassion throughout the program. In advance of the discussion meetings, participants will be given a selection of historical and contemporary resources that will provide a contextual foundation for program discussions.

Universal themes to be discussed will include:

  • Motivations for joining the Navy
  • Impact of separation on families
  • Naval service and the experience of war
  • Returning home and reintegration
  • Commemoration and memory


Active-duty sailors, naval reservists, naval veterans, and adult family of naval services members are welcome to register. Combat experience is not required. Those with naval experience or connections from any era are encouraged to register despite the program’s focus on the post-9/11 experience in contrast with the War of 1812. The diversity of candidates is a top priority, including age, race, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, parental status, religion, disability, and military status. Volunteers for the in-person discussion programs will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if volunteers are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

There are three discussion program opportunities available:

Group A: Wednesday afternoons (1:00pm –4:00pm ET) in-person at the USS Constitution Museum

Group B: Thursday evenings (6:00pm – 8:00pm ET) virtually via Zoom

Group C: Saturdays (9:00am – 4:00pm ET, with 1 hour for lunch on your own) in-person at the USS Constitution Museum

Discussion groups are open to registered participants only and will not be recorded.

New program dates will be announced soon!

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If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jennifer Dempsey, Project Coordinator for Sailors Speak.

This program is made possible by a Dialogues on the Experiences of War grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities 


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