Joshua Casteel served as a US Army interrogator and Arabic linguist at Abu Ghraib Prison in the immediate wake of the prisoner abuse scandal. In 2005 he received an honorable discharged as a Conscientious Objector and in 2006 served on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Joshua was featured in the documentaries Soldiers of Conscience and Iraq for Sale and has spoken at dozens of venues throughout the United States and Europe. In 2007, Joshua served on a delegation to the Vatican to discuss US defense policy and contemporary just war reasoning. Joshua received Master of Fine Arts degrees in Playwriting and Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa and is the author of Letters from Abu Ghraib (Essay Press, 2008) and The City of God (2008, Pax Christi). His shorter writings have appeared in Harpers, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Point, and the National Catholic Reporter, and his plays have been performed at venues including the Royal Court Theatre (London), the Abbey Theatre (Dublin), De Balie Theatre (Amsterdam), and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.Joshua is currently pursuing advanced studies in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago.
Joshua will present a morning breakout session entitled,“The Arts, Warfare, and Social Post-trauma.”
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