Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Hagåtña, GU – Humanities Guåhan will launch the online oral history project, Guam Women Warriors, on September 4, 2019 at the Guam Museum. The launch will also feature the Guam premiere of the documentary film, Journey To Normal: Women of War Come Home, with director JulieHera DeStefano, followed by a  facilitated discussion. 

Guam Women Warriors Online Oral History Project Launch & 

Journey to Normal Film & Discussion with Director JulieHera DeStefano 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Guam Women Warriors Reception: Guam Museum Courtyard, 5 p.m. 

Journey to Normal Film & Discussion: Guam Museum Indoor Theatre, 6 p.m. 

Guam Women Warriors is an online oral history project developed by Humanities Guåhan that follows the journeys of women currently serving in the military and those who have returned to civilian life. The Guam Women Warriors website will launch on September 4 with stories about entering military service, with new stories every Wednesday to track the progression of these women’s journeys through training, active duty, deployment, the return home, and beyond.  

To participate in Guam Women Warriors, servicewomen and women veterans learned to collect and transcribe their own oral histories in workshops offered by Humanities Guåhan and led by humanities scholar Laurel Monnig, PhD. By sharing their accounts of deployment and combat in a peer-to-peer exchange, participants engaged in a process of reflection and empowerment in a comfortable space. These women’s narratives with selected photographs form the basis of an online exhibit and archive to preserve, privilege, and make accessible their invaluable personal journeys of service and sacrifice. 

The documentary Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home chronicles the journeys of eight women who have served in the combat zone, from the front lines of Afghanistan through the first two years of reintegration. Among the goals of the film are the advancement of a deeper understanding of military service members as they transition from service member to veteran, and the creation of an enduring record of women who have served in recent conflicts. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the film was directed by JulieHera DeStefano, who will be present for the screening discussion and Q&A. 

Guam Women Warriors is presented as part of Standing Together, an initiative of the National Endowment of the Humanities to encourage humanities programs that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service. Standing Together recognizes the importance of the humanities in helping citizens to understand the experiences of service members as they return to civilian life. The project is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and local support from TakeCare Foundation®, Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, Payless Car Rental, the Guam Museum, and the University of Guam. This launch event is also presented as part of the 75th Anniversary of Guam’s Liberation.

Humanities Guåhan is a non-profit organization that provides foundational support and educational programs for the people of Guam. The mission of Humanities Guåhan is to foster community engagement and dialogue, inspire critical thinking, celebrate diversity and enrich the quality of life of island residents through the power of the humanities.  For more information, please contact the Humanities Guåhan at 472-4460/1 or email and