UMF students hosting dinner for veterans


FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington’s first-year seminar “Peace Studies” students are hosting a dinner for veterans and their families from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Old South Church, 227 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Students taking the course have been studying the nature of war and wanted to put together a special dinner for military veterans and their families to welcome them and show they care. Students planned the community dinner and developed the menu, which includes vegetarian and turkey chili, cornbread and salad, with pie and ice cream for dessert.

Students will set up the space, cook the meal, serve the guests and clean up afterward. They designed the event logo to advertise to the community.

Sixteen students are involved in the “Peace Studies” seminar led by Doug Rawlings. As part of the course, students study the philosophy of nonviolent direct action and its applications in the United States and elsewhere. They have been reading about and discussing the nature of war and some specific wars, predominantly the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. One requirement of the course is participation in a community project of their choosing.

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Student-designed logo to welcome veterans to community dinner. (UMF/logo graphic)