Exhibition at Yale Bears Testimony to Americans Who Have Died in Iraq

Row upon row of empty combat boots represent just some of the U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq in the exhibition “Eyes Wide Open,” on view through Oct. 31 at Yale Divinity School’s Sterling Quadrangle. 409 Prospect St.

The Yale installation is a portion of a larger traveling exhibit of the same name, designed to call attention to the human costs of the war in Iraq. The display was created by the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that includes people of many faiths who are devoted to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

The Divinity School is hosting a portion of the New England section of the installation. In addition to the pairs of combat boots, each representing a fallen American soldier, there will be a companion installation portraying the war’s impact on Iraqis. All are invited to visit the outdoor exhibitions.

The Yale installations are sponsored by the Divinity School’s Initiative on Religion and Politics as part of its “Imaging War” project for fall 2006. The project seeks to bring issues of war to the forefront for clergy-in-training who will face a whole range of life issues in their future ministries.

The Initiative on Religion and Politics is dedicated to fostering thoughtful activism, enriching scholarly discourse and deepening public conversation on the place of religion in public life, both nationally and internationally. The initiative is guided by a coordinating committee of faculty and students from a variety of disciplines and religious affiliations. It draws on the strengths of intellectuals across and beyond Yale, and of religious leaders in New Haven and around the world.

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