Photographer Chad Hunt and writer Kevin Powers use their art to illuminate and document powerful truths about military life and the human face of war and conflict. Both alumni, Hunt and Powers will be on campus in November to talk about their work and their experiences.
An exhibition of Hunt's photos in James Branch Cabell Library runs Nov. 1-15 and Powers speaks in a free-and-open lecture Nov. 8.
Hunt studied photography at VCU. His photographs of military subjects have appeared in Time, Popular Mechanics and The New York Times and are in the permanent collections of several museums. The Maplewood, N.J. resident spent time as an embedded photographer with the U.S. Military in Afghanistan and will share his photographs and stories with the VCU community. The exhibition "Ghosting Home: Soldiers in and out of Afghanistan" features military men and women both on the job and in civilian life.
Hunt's photographs will be on display on the first floor (southside) of Cabell Library, Nov. 1-15. He will be in Starbucks at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 to discuss his work informally.
Richmonder Powers graduated from VCU (B.A. '08/H&S) after serving in the U.S. Army. His experiences as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq inspired his novel, The Yellow Birds, a best selling 2012 finalist for the National Book Award. He wil speak Nov. 8 at a lunch in the VCU Student Commons designed to honor VCU veteran students.
Special Assistant to the Provost for Military Support Services Martha Lou Green said these events will showcase one of VCU's fastest-growing populations. "Each year we are seeing more and more students using military education benefits to attend school," Green said. "These students are an integral part of our campus and Veterans Day is a great time to highlight some of the things they have done."
These events in recognition of veterans are being presented by VCU Military Student Services, VCU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, VCU Student Media, the VCU Alumni Association and Broad Street Magazine. For more information contact VCU Military Student Services at (804) 828-6563.