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Sixteen Months in Baghdad: A Women’s Perspective
February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Please join us for a virtual public lecture on war, PTSD, and recovery. Laura Colbert will share her experiences serving in Iraq, as conveyed in her award-winning memoir Sirens and How to Pee Standing Up (Warrior Publishing Group, 2019). During 2003-2004, Ms. Colbert served as a military police officer in Baghdad, attempting to win hearts and minds and helping to rebuild a torn country—only to see these efforts frustrated by a rising local insurgency.
Ms. Colbert is a UW–Madison graduate. During her junior year in college, Laura’s Wisconsin National Guard unit was called up for Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served for sixteen months on combat duty in Baghdad. Returning to Madison, Laura completed her degree and entered a career in education. Since 2017, she has served as Principal at Waupaca Middle School. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from UW–Madison, Ms. Colbert holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a master’s degree in Experimental Education from UW–LaCrosse.