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ARQ conference:  "Moral Trauma: from Dilemma to Psychotrauma"

Flowers (after all it’s Amsterdam) and a book after my plenary on Moral Trauma: from Dilemma to Psychotrauma. (L-R: Aart van Oosten, (fire chief,  Arnemuide, Netherlands) Jackie June ter Heide (Clinical psychologist, senior researcher at Centrum '45 Amsterdam Area, Netherlands), Annelieke Drogendijk (Director, Center of Excellence on War, Persecution and Violencen at ARQ, Amsterdam Area, Netherlands)

West Point: How to End a War group photo: (L-R) Nancy Sherman, Lisa Tessman, Colleen Murphy, Daniel Philpott, Catherine Lu, David Rodin, Nir Eiskovitz, and Linda Radzik

Nancy and Curtis Dozier, Vassar Public Lecture

Undergrad seminar on war ethics “ War & After War” on a beautiful day at Georgetown

Reading of AFTERWAR at Moral Injury Project, Syracuse University

Nancy Sherman at lunch with British novelist and author of the REGENERATION TRILOGY, Pat Barker, in Durham UK.

Nancy Sherman giving a lecture in the Priory, at Durham Cathedral.

Dr. Jill Biden with Nancy Sherman at the White House convening on Military Connected Kids: Operation Educate the Educators

C.J. Chivers (NY TImes Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent) and Nancy Sherman

Nancy Sherman with C.J. Chivers, Jim Fallows (The Atlantic), and GEN Steve Xenakis, M.D.

Veterans and Moral Injury Book Event at Georgetown University

Veterans and Moral Injury Book Event at Georgetown University

Nancy Sherman

Grand Rounds, Weil Cornell Medical College New York Presbyterian Hospital

Photo from RoME  (Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference, Boulder, in August 2015. Photo by Alastair Norcross.

Photos above from The Atlantic's seventh annual Health Forum on March 18, 2015.

Nancy Sherman

Nancy Sherman

Photos above from Nancy's speaking tour at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, Feb. 20, 2014. Nancy taught Special Forces commanders, now home from a decade of war, and doing Masters degrees.


Sherman Speaking Events, 2019-2020  

September 5, 2019 
American Academy of Arts and Science, Cambridge, MA  
Symposium: “Mental Health and Well-Being of Students: Higher Education's Responsibility” 

October 13-14, 2019
Keynote at West Point, U. S. Military Academy, Conference on Ethics of War and Peace: How to End a War
“Stoic Grit and Moral Injury”

October 31 and November 1, 2019
ARQ Foundation, the National Trauma Expert Centre in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) Two Keynotes: 
“Can You Be an Empathic Stoic?”
“Moral Injury, Resilience, and Repair: Clinical, Philosophical, and Stoic Reflections”

December 5-6, 2019
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business: Western- "Western-East Asian Ethics of War and Peace," Conference
“Stoic Grit and Moral Injury”

December 10, 2019  8:30-12:00
New America 
740 15th St NW #900 Washington, D.C. 20005
“Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological and Spiritual Impacts of War”
with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Panel 

February 4, 2020 at 4 pm
Emerson College 
Bill Bordy Theater at 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
“Between Art and Life:  Stoic Grit and Compassion”

Feb 21, 2020
U. of Texas Law School at Austin
Festshcrift for John Deigh on his book: From Psychology to Morality
With Fellow Symposiast, Martha Nussbaum

March 18, 2020 
Loyola College, New Orleans, LA
Keynote at Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War Conference:
“Stoic Consolations on the Destruction of Stuff. . . in War and Peace”


2019 Past Events


March 28-29, 2019
McCain keynote
 at McCain Conference, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy

April 11-12, 2019
Public Address at Humanistic Perspectives on Moral Injury Conference, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University, Atlanta

April 25, 2019
Vassar Public Lecture, “Moral Injury and Resilience through a Stoic Lens”  

European International Society for Military Ethics, Vienna, Austria: “Voice and Dissent in the Military"  


May 23, 20

Nancy will be a keynote Speaker at The Maine Military & Community Network's' eighth annual statewide conference Thursday, July 19, at the Augusta Civic Center. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Resiliency and Reintegration: Life in Transition.”



Nancy has been named a resident fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, January-May, 2017.  I will be doing research on dance and the emotions, with focus on soldiers and dancers sharing the dance floor!  The announcement is not yet up on their site, but here is general information about the center and program: https://balletcenter.nyu.edu/cba/spring-2017-fellows/

March 13, 8pm 2017
Nancy will be giving the Henry Bugbe public lecture at University of Montana, Missoula
The Henry Bugbee Public Lecture in Philosophy is sponsored by the President’s Office, U. of Montana

March 28, 6 pm
Hunter College, NYC, NEH sponsored Public Lecture in the series "Dialogues on the Experience of War,”
Roosevelt House, Hunter College, 65th between Park and Madison
View the livestream of the event here

April 20, 2017
Nancy will be giving The Joan Palevsky Public Lecture in Classics at UCLA

More Information

July 4, 2017
Nancy is heading to Adelaide, Australia to give the prestigious Alan Saunders Memorial Public Lecture, to be broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC Radio and TV).  http://www.aap.org.au/NancySherman

July 6, 2017
Keynote Speaker, Australaisian Association of Philosophy, Adelaide, Australia,

Oct. 9, 2017
International researcher and lecturer at the Danish Research Council, Copenhagen,”From Trauma to Resilience: Shifting perceptions about the psychology of war.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Nancy will participate in an IVY Impact Forum: An evening of Discussion on Veteran Affairs
The forum will be Thursday, November 16th @ WeWork Apollo from 6:30 - 9:00pmWeWork Apollo: 810 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

March 2, 2018
Gordon Square, London.
Royal Institute of Philosophy Series, "The Passions and the Emotions.” My talk in the series is “Dancers and Soldiers Sharing the Dance Floor: Emotional Expression in Dance”




Thursday, Sept. 15 2016
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania,
Fitts Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Nancy will be speaking on Panel 1: Character and the Rule of Law at Producing Leaders of Character and Integrity: Instilling Values into Public Life.  (PDF)

Sept 20th, 2016
2016 Service Member to Civilian National Summit in Birmingham, AL
Panel includes specialists in moral injury: Nancy Sherman, Rita Brock, Bill Nash, and Irene Harris. (PDF)
Birmingham Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel.

Friday Oct. 14, 2016
A Reading and Discussion with Nancy Sherman
October 14
207 Hall of Languages
Nancy will be giving a keynote public lecture  and reading from AFTERWAR at Syracuse University Moral Injury Project (in conjunction with Syracuse Veterans’  Writing Group) Hall of Languages, 207 U. of Syracuse campus. More Info
Friday,  Oct. 21, 2016 10 am-11:15 am.
Nancy will be giving a plenary keynote at the Listening to Trauma Conference, George Washington University, Conference is Oct. 20-22 (The Marvin Center) and features Robert Jay Lifton, David Finkel, Jessica Stern, Nancy Sherman, among others. (PDF)

October 25, 2016 7:30 pm ET.
Nancy will be doing the kick off lecture of the webinar course for the  Service Members and Veterans Initiative of the American Psychoanalytic Association  (APasA) in conjunction with the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. http://www.apsa.org/war-trauma-series. The Service Members and Veterans Initiative of the  American Psychoanalytic Association (APasA) in partnership with the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is offering a four-part, live Webinar course introducing healthcare professionals to psychoanalytic contributions on war-related trauma. The courses will be free and provide continuing medical education / continuing education credits* to eligible participants. The courses are especially relevant to clinicians working with veterans and service-members. http://www.apsa.org/war-trauma-series

December 9, 2016
Nancy will be teaching inmates at Jessup Prison  

(Rescheduled) Date TBD – Previously scheduled forMARCH 3, 5:30-7pm
Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, Horace Mann 424
AFTERWAR: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers

APRIL 2-3 All Day
San Francisco Ballet School Board Room 335 Powell Street, San Francisco  
Workshop: Art and Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes, and images in shaping experience and guiding action (in connection with ArtSense, Australia and the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division)

JUNE 2-4, 2016
Keynote, Birmingham, UK 
Character and Virtue in the Professions: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Birmingham

AFTERWAR: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers
Institute for Hazard, Risk, and Resilience, and Center for the Medical Humanities. Durham University (in conversation with author, Pat Barker, of the Regeneration Trilogy. WAR and  MORAL TRAUMA

MONDAY, NOV. 16, 5-7 PM
Open to the public
James Fallows, senior writer and national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author “The Tragedy of the American Military,” on the military/civilian divide; C.J. Chivers, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent and former Marine; Brigadier Gen. (Ret, Army) Stephen Xenakis, MD, a psychiatrist who conducts clinical research on posttraumatic stress and has regularly assessed detainees at Guantanamo. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services of Health Sciences of the Military Medical Department; former Army Special Forces Major, Ian Fishback, who became known after he sent a letter to Senator John McCain of Arizona on September 16, 2005, in which he stated his concerns about the continued abuse of prisoners held under the auspices of the Global War on Terror. He has taught at West Point, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Michigan in Philosophy. He was named in TIME magazine’s 100 Persons of the Year (in 2006) for his moral example. 

TUESDAY, NOV 3, at 3:30 pm

Professor Sherman’s book explores the moral and philosophical complexities of homecomings for modern veterans, the largest reintegration of service members back into society since Vietnam. The book has been called “urgently necessary” by National Book Award winner Phil Klay. The expert panel will include author Nancy Sherman; Professor Rosa Brooks, Georgetown Law; Col. Joe Thomas, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies; Philip Carter, Center for a New American Security; and Professor Mitt Regan, Georgetown Law. 


West Point US Military Academy, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, 7:30-8:30 pm

Moral Injury Symposium
Thursday, Oct. 8,  8am-5:30pm, Union League Club Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Il 60604
More Info

Lemnitzer Lecture, Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5:30-7pm
2425 Wilson Blvd,  Arlington Virginia

Wilson Center, DC, Thursday, Sept. 17, 12-1 pm 
Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

A conversation about AFTERWAR
Mortara Center, Georgetown University, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6 pm 
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street, NW

Moral Injury Symposium 8 October, 2015 at the Union League Club Chicago (ULCC).  We are pleased to tell you that De Paul University has a McCormick Foundation funded program that will be collaborating with us.  This collaboration will result in a powerful all day program that will take the concepts of Moral Injury to  actualization at the community level. https://www.facebook.com/mvpmi?fref=nf  and http://www.depaulnewsline.com/features/moral-injury-scars-you-dont-see

EventBrite registration link for the Moral Injury Symposium.  

• Keynote at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME), Aug.6-9, 2015, Eaton Humanities Building, U. of Colorado, Boulder

• American Academy of Arts and Science,
New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology and War initiative
Stanford University
June 29-July 1

• Politics and Prose, May 30, 3:30 pm
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington DC

• Weill Cornell Psychiatry Department, Manhattan and Westchester Divisions
Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Psychiatry Grand Round, NYC
May 27

• Atlanta History Center, Memorial Day Keynote
May 23, 2-3pm

• American Psychiatric Association May 17, 8 am-11am, Toronto Panel on Afterwar: Healing the Moral wounds of our Soldiers
in Room 202 A/B, North Bldg., Level 200 in the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

• Templeton Foundation Symposium
Forgiveness and Healing in the Face of Moral Injury
University of Essex, UK. May 1-5.

• London Philosophy Club Meet-up
St Mary’s College
Can philosophy and psychology heal the moral injuries of war
Thursday, April 30, 2015

• Betrayal Conference, Keynote Speaker Washington Psychoanalytic New Directions, VA, 23-25 April, 2015, Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City, 555 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

• The Atlantic's seventh annual Health Forum on March 18, 2015: Reagan Building, Washington DC

TruTH & LIes Series
Nancy will be partipating in the Truth & Lies series at BAM.

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Veterans Day event
Nov. 9, 4:30 pm.  
"On Truth (and Lies) in Homecoming" 
Event flyer

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Veterans Day event
NYU on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 5:30 pm and Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sunday Nov. 9, 4:30 pm.
Event flyer

Thursday, April 10

Nancy will be doing Grand Rounds at Georgetown University Hospital, Gorman Auditorium 1st Floor 3 pm.


The Onassis Cultural Center
Tuesday, April 15 at 7 pm
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 48th St. and 12th Ave, NYC.
For more info click here.

Friday, April 25
Nancy will be speaking at the Tavistock Center, in London.  The Afterwar
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA
For directions, please see www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/gettingtous

Thursday, 20 Feb. 2014 at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

The Untold War & After Chavez
Sunday, March 17th, 10:30 AM

Segment One – The Untold War
This week on Dialogue at the Wilson Center our guest is Nancy Sherman, Distinguished University Professor in Philosophy at Georgetown . She previously served as Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy and was a fellow at the Wilson Center.  Professor Sherman discusses her latest book,The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers, which explores the psychological and moral burdens borne by those in the U.S. military.

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Friday, Dec. 14, 1:30 pm, 2012
Naval War College
Operations Strategic Studies Group
Newport Rhode Island

Friday, NOV 30, 7 p.m., 2012
Keene State College,
Friday, Nov. 30  7 pm

Oct. 12-13, 2012 
Untold Stories, Hidden Wounds: War Trauma and Its Treatment
Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA
more info

May 4, 2012
Keynote at the US Air Force Academy
A ceremony to honor the 2012 winners of USAFA’s prestigious Outstanding Academy Educator Award

Event flyer:

April 24, 2012
Kings College, Wilkes-Barre
Details TBA

Tuesday, April 18, 2012, 6:30PM
Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture: with military ethicist Dr. Nancy Sherman, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King's College, North Main and North Franklin streets, Wilkes-Barre, free. 208-5900, ext. 5781.

April 9-13, 2012

Lone Star Tour
Guest Lecture at 4 Texas universities, complete with horse at each stop

Wednesday & Thursday, April 4 & 5, 7 pm
A Play About Returning Soldiers, at the Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H. $28-40; Dartmouth students $10. Info, 603-646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu

April 4, 2012 at 3 pm
The Sapentia Lectures, Dartmouth College Thornton Hall
Hanover, NH

April 4 and 5, 2012
Panel Discussion following performance of play,
ReEntry” at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts

March 30, 2012, 4 pm
The Parcells Lecture, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
The Moral Toll of War

March 22-24, 2012
On Ancient Wars,” Conference Speaker, University of Michigan in conjunction with peformances by the Theater of War
Ann Arbor, MI

Feb. 19 @ 1pm and 7:30pm; Feb 20 @ 1am EST
CSPAN-2 - Untold War and related issues

Friday, Feb. 16, 2012
American Philosophical Association, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Invited Symposium: War, Character, and Virtue

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Robert Hoag (Berea College)
Speakers: Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University)
Shannon French (Case Western Reserve
Commentator: Carl Ficarrotta (University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, evening
Trauma and the Humanities,” series featured Public Lecture and Book Club feature University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois

February 10, 2012, 3 pm
Philosophy Talk, University of Pennsylvania Cohen 402

February 9, 2012, 4:30 pm
Public Lecture, “The Intersection of Virtue and Ethics,” lecture series:
Virtue and the Life of Soldiers,” Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Villanova University

Sunday, Feb. 5 ON BBC

Interview, Woman-Stirred Radio
WGDR, Goddard College in Vermont

Keynote Speaker at Empathy: Self, Society, Culture Symposium
“Recovering Lost Goodness: Self-Empathy, and Self-Forgiveness”
November 11-12, 2011

Indiana University:  Visiting Scholar

Events at IU:

Making War, Making Peace: Lecture and Discussion
Thursday, November 10, 2-3:15 pm
Wylie Hall 225

Dinner and discussion with students,
Thursday, November r10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Harlos House

Discussion: Reflections on Veterans Day
Friday, November 11 9-11 am
Bridgewaters Lounge

Oct. 26, 2011

“ReEntry,” play at Roundhouse Theater, Bethesda, MD
Post-Panel Speaker

Cornell University: Hans Bethe House Scholar in Residence, Oct. 12-14
Events at Cornell:

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life Public Talk:  “The Moral Psychic Reality of War,” 4:30 pm   153 Baker Lab

June 10, 2-5 pm
"Meet the Author" session at the American Psychoanalytic Association, with Jonathan Lear as my commentator. Palace Hotel in S.F.
Event info

Friday, June 10, 2011, 2-5 pm
American Psychoanalytic Association, Featured Author
Meet the Author event: The Untold War

Geneva, May 20-21

"Virtue and Accountability for Emotions"
"Emotions, Self, and Time", University of Geneva

May 24, 3-5 pm
Hague Public lecture
Download Event Flyer

May 25-27
Keynote speaker at  a conference at the Hague on Moral Emotions and Intuitions,
"The Guilt they Carry: The Moral Wounds of War."  

Thursday, APRIL 7, 2011
Westminster College, 2010-2011, Kim Adamason Endowed Lecture in International Studies, Salt Lake City, UT
“From Civilian to Soldier”
(The 2009-2010 Adamson Lecturer was Thomas Ricks)
event details

March 31st at 7 pm
Arlington VA public library
1015 Quincy Ave, Arlington

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 4:30 PM
University of Oxford, All Souls College
The Changing Character of War:
Post-heroic Warfare Conference
(more info)
Conference Program | Conference Poster

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile
“Fighting with Conscience”—tentative topic

February 22, 2011 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2010-11 Drell Lecture- "The Moral Wounds of War: The War Within"
CISAC, FSI Stanford Lecture
by Prof.
Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University

Download the Stanford Drell Lecture lecture poster

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 11-12:45 PM
Chilean Military Academy Santiago, Chile:
“Stoicism as a Philosophical Basis for Military Life,” with response by members of the Chilean Army

Thursday, February 3, 2011, afternoon
University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
Public Lecture sponsored by the Poynter Center for Ethics and American Institutions

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 4:30 PM
Holy Cross, Worcester MA: Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture, Rehm Library

TUESDAY August 24, 2010
Interview on BBC Radio 5 - Up All Night, 10:35 pm EST on the web and in the UK at 3:30 am live. The interview follows the news and sports.

Wednesday & Thursday August 11 & 12, 2010
Defense Force Health Protection Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, organized by Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Panel discussion of Theatre of War Project : Sophocles' AJAX and PHILECTETES 1:15-4:30 pm

July 22, 2010
Military Child Conference, Keynote Speaker, Gaylord Hotel, Washington DC

July 5, 7:30 pm
"Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers," Unitarian Church, Nantucket MA

JUNE 7, 1 – 2 pm

Midday with Dan Rodricks
88.1 WYPR

June 10, 8 PM
Lecture, Harvard
Harvard Club- NY

June 17-19
Just War Theories: Asymmetrical Warfare
Belgrade, Serbia