War Follows Everyone Home
For the Lyric Opera's production of George Frideric Handel's opera, Hercules, director Peter Sellars has transposed this timeless tragedy to the present, envisioning Hercules as an American general returning from the front lines. In conjunction with the production, The University of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Peter Sellars have coordinated a series of events engaging American veterans in discussions about returning from war.
On Wednesday, March 2, veterans attended a dress rehearsal of the opera followed by a panel of distinguished scholars, writers, and veterans including John Cacioppo, director of The University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience; Michael Sullivan, Illinois State Director of the Student Veterans of America, who served as an operator, gunner and vehicle commander with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from 2000-2004; and University of Chicago trustee Jack Fuller, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Chicago Tribune, who covered the Vietnam War and has written novels about that conflict. The panel was moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, cultural critic for the Chicago Tribune and author of Back Home, a novel narrated by a young girl whose father suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq as a National Guardsman.