One Book Villanova Program and Returning Soldiers Project Present “Agent Regret: A Soldier’s Sorrow, Healing the Unquiet Conscience”

Panel will discuss how returning soldiers grapple with lasting sadness over tough decisions required in combat

VILLANOVA, PA., March 3, 2011 -- The effects of war on returning soldiers can be long lasting and imperceptible. Many, especially those in command, experience “agent regret,” a lingering sorrow over decisions made in the heat of combat that led to the wounding or death of their troops or of non-combatants. What are the moral issues to be considered? How can soldiers come to terms with “agent regret?”

Those are some of the questions that will be considered by a panel at a March 10 One Book Villanova event titled, “Agent Regret, A Soldier’s Sorrow: Healing the Unquiet Conscience.” Free and open to the public, the program will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall Rm. 1011 on the University’s Main Campus.

Panelists include Mark Wilson, Villanova University Ethics Program; Gunnery Sergeant Shane G. Moyer, Assistant Marine Officer Instructor, Villanova University NROTC; and James A. Martin, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), professor of Social Work & Social Research, Bryn Mawr College.

The event is presented by the One Book Villanova Program and the Villanova Returning Soldiers Project. One Book Villanova is a distinctive educational program that engages all segments of the campus community in activities presented throughout the academic year that explore dominant themes presented in a selected book. This year’s selection is The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig M. Mullaney. For more information on the One Book Villanova Program visit: www1.villanova.edu/villanova/onebook.html