War and the Human Experience Series

​The series studies the myriad of ways warfare has influenced our lives. War and the Human Experience (WHE) partners with veterans, refugees, and their loved ones to enrich the learning environment for DMACC students and the community at large. The WHE series fosters DMACC’s commitment to being a military friendly college by having veteran students serve as advisers and participants in programming. Lastly, WHE promotes citizenship as understanding past and present conflict is a civic responsibility.
 

Upcoming Ev​​ents

  
  
  
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Past Ev​​ents​

  
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Celina Karp Biniaz
Biniaz, originally from Krakow, Poland, was on Schindler’s List, but was accidentally sent to Auschwitz. There, she confronted the infamous Josef Mengele, who sentenced her to death. Biniaz pleaded for her life saying, “Let Me Go.” Miraculously, the Angel of Death changed his mind. After liberation, Biniaz moved to Iowa and became an educator. Her talks are part of a partnership between the WHE program and the Iowa Jewish Historical Society.

4/2/2019
  

Harold Kasimow
Harold Kasimow's earliest memories are of living in total darkness and silence, with no room to move and very little to eat. Kasimow, his parents, and his two sisters spent 19 months and 5 days hiding from the Nazis in a hole dug in the floor of a cattle barn, covered over with boards and straw. He was 4 years old when they went into hiding in the hole, in a small village near Vilnius, then part of Poland. In this powerful presentation, he'll reflect on that experience, and its lasting influence on his life as a scholar and interfaith pioneer.

9/19/2019
  

Gerald Berry

US Marine Gerald Berry, formerly of Des Moines, will speak about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. During the conflict, Berry earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When Saigon fell to the communists, pictured right, Berry flew out hundreds of refugees for over eighteen straight hours. Berry made one the most iconic flights in military history when he evacuated the US Ambassador to Vietnam. Colonel Berry, pictured left, has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.

9/24/2019
  

Gerald Berry
US Marine Gerald Berry, formerly of Des Moines, will speak about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. During the conflict, Berry earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When Saigon fell to the communists, pictured right, Berry flew out hundreds of refugees for over eighteen straight hours. Berry made one the most iconic flights in military history when he evacuated the US Ambassador to Vietnam. Colonel Berry, pictured left, has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.

9/25/2019
  

Gerald Berry
US Marine Gerald Berry, formerly of Des Moines, will speak about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. During the conflict, Berry earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When Saigon fell to the communists, pictured right, Berry flew out hundreds of refugees for over eighteen straight hours. Berry made one the most iconic flights in military history when he evacuated the US Ambassador to Vietnam. Colonel Berry, pictured left, has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.

9/25/2019
  

Gerald Berry 

US Marine Gerald Berry, formerly of Des Moines, will speak about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. During the conflict, Berry earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When Saigon fell to the communists, pictured right, Berry flew out hundreds of refugees for over eighteen straight hours. Berry made one the most iconic flights in military history when he evacuated the US Ambassador to Vietnam. Colonel Berry, pictured left, has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.

9/26/2019

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Student Service Member Profile - Stephen Klein

Stephen Klein 
Stephen Klein worked as an infantryman, combat engineer, cannon crew member, military policeman​, and horizontal construction engineer while serving in the U.S. Army. He has served at Camp Bucca, Iraq, and Sharana, Afghanistan. Additionally, he was deployed to Nicaragua, Arizona, and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. At DMACC, he is finishing his AAS in heating, cooling, and refrigeration. Klein has already been hired full-time by Facebook.

“I am participating with War and the Human Experience because there are combat veterans who feel they do not have a voice and want their story to be heard. If I can help with getting the message out, why not?”