John Cramer and Sam Dean Lecture

SALEM, Va.- Roanoke College's Donald L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities will sponsor a lecture series, "Local Effects of a Distant War," during the spring term. The first lecture, "The Afghanistan War (or the War on Terror) and The Roanoke Times," will be Monday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. The lecture will be presented by reporter John Cramer and photojournalist Sam Dean. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

Cramer and Dean were sent by The Roanoke Times to Afghanistan last summer as embedded journalists to cover the "Bedford boys" and other local soldiers in the Virginia Army National Guard. Cramer and Dean will discuss their newspaper's decision to put a local face on the war and its impact on the soldiers' families back home.

Cramer and Dean covered the stories of soldiers from Southwest Virginia in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division who put their civilian lives on hold and said good-bye to their families for an 18-month oversees deployment. The stories range from preparing to go to war to the food, from adapting to being away from home during the holidays to soldiers' wives finding support and strength in one another, from the courage of the original "Bedford boys" living on in the new generation to it's all about the kids and many more. Cramer and Dean returned to Roanoke on August 23 and continued to follow Charlie Company's mission.

For further information, please call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2242.