Veterans to discuss Ken Burns documentary series, Vietnam War on Nov. 20

This Associated Press photo by Horst Faas was taken during combat in March 1965.

The recent Ken Burns documentary series on the Vietnam War has sparked renewed discussion on the conflict, including Western Carolina University’s College of Arts and Sciences hosting a special event to hear local voices.

Vietnam veterans and WCU faculty, along with campus and community members, will engage in conversations on topics raised by the PBS series beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

The evening’s agenda includes the showing of a trailer from the 10-episode series, which originally aired on PBS on Sept. 17-28. Richard Starnes, dean of WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, will make opening remarks. Alex Macaulay, associate professor of history at WCU, will give a historical context of the war, with Jen Schiff, director of WCU’s International Studies Program, providing a political context. Vietnam veterans will discuss their wartime experiences and views on the documentary series, followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Heffelfinger, director of motion picture studies in WCU’s English Department, at heff@wcu.edu or 828-227-3930.