Boston to Baghdad

For the past decade the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts Boston has been striving to assess the effects of the Iraq War on combat veterans and civilians. The William Joiner Institute also seeks to interact with the larger community and, in doing so, to contribute to the life of the community and sustain its health through the creative resources of drama, poetry and art. 

This past year the William Joiner Institute received support from the Creative Economy Initiatives Fund through the UMass President's Office. Intended to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that benefit the State’s economy and improve quality of life. Our initiative “From Boston to Baghdad: Healing the Wounds of War through Art, Theater, and Community Engagement” has included a series of artistic and creative projects which confront the reality and human experience of war and wrestle with their consequences, specifically in the Middle East.

Three staged readings of Charles Dumas' play about the Iraq War, Reconciliation, were held September 23-25, 2016 at the First Church Boston.

In addition, the Boston-Basra Project, a collaboration with the Fort Point Theatre, seeks to make connections among scholars, artists, and students in the United States (principally in the Boston area) and at the University of Basra in Iraq in order to open dialogue and share research and ideas about teaching techniques and professional experiences, and create international creative collaborations through art, music, theatre, and poetry.

Please explore our website to learn more about these projects.