Baylor to Host Author, Soldier from 'Beyond Duty'

April 6, 2010

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The Baylor University department of journalism will present Roger Thompson and Lt. Shannon Meehan, authors of Beyond Duty: Life on the Front Line, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in room 149 of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Meehan, an Iraqi war veteran, and Thompson, a Baylor graduate and professor of English and fine arts at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

"Any student interested in better understanding the life and hardships of America's war in Iraq can learn first hand from Lt. Meehan," said Tye Barrett, Baylor graduate student coordinator for the event.

The lecture will highlight Meehan's military experience in Iraq, including when Meehan sent an airstrike into a militant's home, which turned out to be a local family. Meehan will discuss his journey of coming to grips with his decisions and the death of the Iraqi family.

Thompson received his bachelor's and master's degree from Baylor and his doctorate from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

For more information, contact Barrett at

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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