Soldiers Seek an Elusive Escape in Shakespeare
MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
Camp Lemonier in Djibouti is home to a multinational taskforce that conducts humanitarian and counterterrorism operations across the Horn of Africa. For seven months last year, commentator and Marine Major Adam McKeown was stationed there. He's a reservist, and when he is not serving he is an English professor at Adelphi University. So while he was in Djibouti, in addition to his regular duties, he offered a fully accredited Shakespeare class to more than two dozen of his fellow service members. He says that the class discussions provided less of a distraction from the war than he thought they would.
ADAM MCKEOWN: Shakespeare may not have helped us understand why we had to be there or why some of us would never return, but he reminded us that when kings start wars ordinary people fight them. The reasons do not change this fact. Sometimes all we can do is share the burden. Sometimes all we can do is help our little band of brothers and sisters hold on for one more day.
BLOCK: Marine Major Adam McKeown is an English professor at Adelphi University.
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