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Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War (A New Exhibit at UMass Amherst)

“Waging Peace in Vietnam," an exhibit documenting the antiwar dissent of active duty military personnel and veterans during the Vietnam War, will be on display at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from September 23 through October 11 in the main lobby of the Integrated Learning Center. Assembled by Ron Carver, the exhibit features photographs, underground newspapers, and other documents from this bold and little-known movement. Undergraduate students, trained by the UMass Amherst history department, will serve as docents for the exhibit.

Friday, September 27: Waging Peace in Vietnam, Book Launch and Panel Discussion: Patriotic Dissent.  To launch the exhibit Waging Peace in Vietnam and the companion book by the same name, Ron Carver (exhibit curator and co-editor, Waging Peace in Vietnam), Susan Schnall (former Navy nurse court-martialed for her antiwar activism) and W.E. Ehrhart (Vietnam veteran and distinguished poet/writer) will engage in a panel discussion of patriotic dissent. The discussion will be moderated by Christian Appy (historian of the Vietnam War and Professor of History at UMass Amherst). 4:30 pm, Room N151, Integrative Learning Center, UMass Amherst.

Wednesday, October 2: Waging Peace in Vietnam, Film Screening: Why We Fight.  Screening of Why We Fight, the award-winning 2005 documentary film by Eugene Jarecki examining attitudes about U.S. wars since the 1950s. 7:00 pm, Room W245, South College, UMass Amherst.

Friday, October 4: Waging Peace in Vietnam, Film Screening and Q/A: Screening of Combat Obscura, a 2018 documentary by former combat videographer Miles Lagoze exploring the daily life of U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. 7:00 pm, Room W245, South College, UMass Amherst.

Friday, October 11: Waging Peace in Vietnam, Panel Discussion: Moral Injury and the Traumas of War, A panel discussion with Doug Anderson (poet and combat medic in the Vietnam War), Ross Caputi (Iraq War veteran and PhD candidate in history, UMass Amherst), Robert Meagher (Hampshire College professor and expert on the traumas of war), Karen Skolfield (Army veteran and poet, UMass College of Engineering Junior Writing Program), and Wayne Smith (community activist and former combat medic in Vietnam), moderated by Khary Polk (Amherst College). 7:00 p.m. Room E470, South College, UMass Amherst.


See the website or poster for more information. All venues are wheelchair accessible. More about campus access information is available.