NEA Big Read: Central Florida featuring The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Saturday, April 18, 2020 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The NEA Big Read: Central Florida, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year the NEA Big Read: Central Florida is partnering with UCF's Veterans Legacy Program to celebrate The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Dr. Bruno Cabanes, Director of the War and Society Program at the Ohio State University, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Back to the Future: Rethinking Veteran Homecomings in the Twentieth Century.” Theatre UCF students will perform staged readings based on the themes of The Things They Carried. The event also includes a showcase of projects created by the Veterans Legacy Program and UCF Community Veterans History Project and an exhibition of artwork made by students from the School of Visual Arts and Design.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”

  • Tickets: $5, Free for 18 & under or with UCF ID if reserved by April 6 at 5 p.m.
  • Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12 PM. Get your tickets on


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