MACON – Mercer University will host a free discussion event for military spouses and significant others on March 19 from 4-6 p.m. on the Macon campus.

The event, hosted by Dr. Katherine Roseau, assistant professor of French in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is part of a service-learning project in Dr. Roseau’s Survey of French Literature course.

Dr. Katherine Roseau

Participants will read (in English) segments of The War: A Memoir by Marguerite Duras and discuss their shared experiences. Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Roseau, who has taught courses on war writing and veterans’ issues, along with her students.

“This memoir was written by Duras as she waited for the uncertain return of her husband at the end of World War II,” Dr. Roseau said. “It was written in the 1940s, but its topics are timeless: separation in war, worry and anxiety about one’s spouse, facing the unknown future, and dealing with lack of understanding by those who are not waiting for the return of a loved one. The event will allow military spouses and others to connect with each other and Duras’ experience.”

The event is available for in-person attendance or online participation via Zoom. Online registration is required, and the first 25 qualifying registrants receive a free copy of the book.

The event is funded by the Center for Engaged Learning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Roseau at

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