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Good morning Colonel. For the last few years I've been teaching social science classes at Ohio State as a graduate student. Some of my best students have been veterans (or ROTC cadets).

In my classes, we would touch on issues that I didn't realize some of my students actually had first-hand experience with (e.g. crowdsourcing humanitarian information in Africa, or geopolitics manifested in warfare). The class could really benefit from hearing about their experiences, but the students are often reluctant to talk about them publicly. The reason doesn't seem to be that they aren't proud of their experiences; it seems to come more from humility. I'd like to avoid the feeling of dropping a spotlight on someone and making them uncomfortable.

Do you have any advice for how to engage veterans in class discussions that might involve their experiences in the service?

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I've gotten some applications from folks in similar situations. I'd emphasize the multi-tasking, scheduling, budgeting, and adaptability that being a full-time parent takes.

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Here are links to the Supply Chain Portraits and the event at Sonoma State. Neat!

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How did you become a resident at the British Library?

Is it a harder sell to use their materials for digital/interactive products, or were they just as receptive to that as writings?

How are you using their archives? I'm assuming that most of their archives aren't digitized and you're using most materials hands-on? What's your experience been like there?