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How to Bridge the Military-Civilian Divide: Film Screening

September 9, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Veteran with Child

A film screening of Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War followed by a discussion with:

Susan Hackley
Co-producer, Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War
Managing Director, Program on Negotiation


Martha Jackson
Co-producer, Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War


Dr. Bonnie Ohye
Director, Family Programs at Home Base
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School



Monday, September 9, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South
1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

About the event:

Producers Susan Hackley and Martha Jackson will show their new half hour documentary film, Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War, and discuss with the audience why they made the film, what they have learned about bridging the military-civilian divide, and how America’s military families and children are significantly affected by war. The film uniquely highlights the voices of children who describe their loneliness, fears, and struggles as well as how they cope and demonstrate remarkable strengths. While recognizing that the impact of war is profound and often devastating on the children of war-torn Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, the filmmakers chose to focus on Americans to promote understanding of the impacts of war on Americans who serve and their families, and to help connect our military and civilian communities.

About the speakers:

Susan Hackley is Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, an interdisciplinary research program of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts. Previously she co-founded an Internet company,, that enabled people to connect and contribute to causes they cared about. She served as Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and was a speechwriter and policy analyst for political candidates. She also served as Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Washington, D.C. organization dedicated to building sustainable peace. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School.

Susan is the director and co-producer of Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War, a documentary film about the impact of our post-9/11 wars on military families, particularly the children of combat veterans. The film premiered on Indiana Public Television in April 2019 and will be shown in many locations this fall, including the National WWII Museum in New Orleans on Veterans Day. The Veteran Children Project aims to help bridge the military – civilian divide by engaging in discussions about war and service, Susan’s son is a veteran Marine Corps infantryman who served in Iraq.

Martha Jackson has a long career building bridges across cultures and communities as an educator, non-profit board member and mother. Martha taught English at Boston and Northeastern Universities and the Boston campus of Japan’s Showa Women’s University. She taught literature and ethics as a Teaching Fellow under Professor Robert Coles at Harvard University. Her teaching career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

In addition, Martha has served on non-profit boards including The Brookline Educational Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves New England, and the Beacon Academy. Martha is a member of Blue Star Mothers, a non-political, non-profit organization of mothers of active-duty service men and women and veterans, which provides support to deployed military and assistance to veterans organizations across the nation. Martha’s son is a veteran Army Ranger and Captain who served two deployments to Afghanistan.

Martha is co-producer of Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War.

Dr. Bonnie Ohye is Director, Family Programs at Home Base, a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital. As director, she has conceived and implemented the three generation model of clinical care of Veterans and their family members, designed and evaluated a two-week intensive clinical program for suicide bereft military widows, and conducted the first randomized controlled trial of a school-based resilience intervention for military-connected elementary school children. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her clinical training was completed at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles and at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston. Her clinical practice has been devoted to the care of children and adolescents with a broad spectrum of anxiety disorders and the parent and family stresses associated with them. The author of an early parenthood resource, Mothering from the Heart: Lessons on Listening to Our Children and Ourselves (Penguin), she is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme of the Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

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September 9, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Harvard U, Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge St
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