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Waging Peace in Vietnam: Exhibit and Event Series

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“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 Integrative Learning Center.

Assembled by Ron Carver, the exhibit features photographs, underground newspapers, and other documents from this bold and little-known movement.

In conjunction with “Waging Peace in Vietnam,” there will be two panel discussions and two film screenings. Following is the schedule of special events:


Friday September 27, 4:30 p.m. Room N151, Integrative Learning Center
Launch of companion book, Waging Peace in Vietnam
Panel discussion: Patriotic Dissent

Moderator: Christian Appy, Vietnam War historian and UMass professor 
•Ron Carver, exhibit curator and co-editor, Waging Peace in Vietnam
•W.D. Ehrhart, Vietnam veteran and distinguished poet/writer
•Susan Schnall, former Navy nurse, court-martialed for her antiwar activism

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. Room W245, South College:
Film Screening: Why We Fight, Eugene Jarecki’s 2005 documentary

Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. Room W245, South College
Film Screening: Combat Obscura, Miles Lagoze’s 2018 documentary
The screening will be folllwed by a Q & A session with the director

Friday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. Room E470, South College
Panel Discussion: Moral Injury and The Traumas of War
Moderator: Khary Polk, Amherst College Professor
•Doug Anderson, poet and former Vietnam war combat medic
•Ross Caputi, Iraq War veteran and UMass history PhD candidate
•Robert Meagher, Hampshire College professor and expert on the traumas of war
•Karen Skolfield, Army veteran and poet, writing instructor at the UMass College of Engineering
•Wayne Smith, activist and former Vietnam war combat medic


These events are co-sponsored by the the following UMass Amherst entities: Department of History; Program in Comparative Literature; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Writing Program; Special Collections and University Archives; College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies; Center for Justice, Law, and Societies; Political Science Department and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Undergraduate students, trained by the history department, will serve as docents for the exhibit.