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‘Johnny Got His Gun’ brings horror of war to Manchester

Johnny Got His GunYou are 19 and an artillery shell destroys your arms, legs and face. You wake up in a hospital bed with your intellect intact but stripped of your hopes and dreams.

Johnny Got His Gun takes us inside the mind of Joe Bonham in the 1970s film that is based on a novel of the same name by Dalton Trumbo. The antiwar book was inspired by a real case from World War I.

Manchester University will show the film at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Cordier Auditorium, followed by a panel that will reflect upon the historical significance of the film and answer questions. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Panelists include students Hannah Lawing and Chris Francois; Dr. Pat Ashton, a sociology lecturer; and moderator Caraline Feairheller, peace studies coordinator.

The film contains graphic violence and some nudity.

Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution at Manchester University pioneered as the first undergraduate Peace Studies program in the world. The Nov. 21 program is part of the Value, Ideas, and Arts series, which offers cultural, intercultural, and artistic enrichment to MU students.

Manchester University is one of six colleges across the nation grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren, a traditional peace church. It welcomes people from all faith traditions.

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October 2019