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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-227-3930.