Intimate Hardships: Women in War and Imprisonment

Wed. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: The Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality at UVA


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Hear Charlotte McDaniel (Stories Untold: Oral Histories of Wives of Vietnam Servicemen), Kara Dixon Vuic (The Girls Next Door), and Monica Zgustova (Women’s Voices From the Gulag) share the untold accounts of women affected by conflict, through marriage to servicemen, through service on the front lines, and imprisonment in the Soviet Gulag. These intimate stories of resilience explore gender roles, tension at home and at war, and commitment to survival. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Stories Untold addresses missing information relevant to the Vietnam War; stories of women—of wives—married to husbands who deployed to Southeast Asia. They, too, served while their husbands were deployed.”publisher

“Besides illuminating women’s significance in military life, [Vuic] chronicles changes in assumptions about gender, sexuality, and race in American culture for the last 100 years…A fresh contribution to women’s history.” Kirkus Reviews

“A woman keeps a secret diary to describe the magnificent Siberian landscape around her. A man chooses to take his violin instead of his coat into exile with him. Prisoners tell one another fairy tales as they work in the mines. In her book, Monika Zgustova offers a perfect gift, the gift of sensitive listening, to her nine narrators, and as we hear their voices, by turns matter-of-fact, poignant, and powerful, we see the darkest years of Soviet history illuminated, again and again, by small yet radiant flashes of humanity, of art, of beauty.” —Olga Grushin, author of The Dream Life of Sukhanov