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Rescheduled to Jan 28: PBS' "Vietnam" documentary: Healing the Wounds or Continue the Struggle?

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: home of Jane Brown • 104 Atwood Street • Newton Corner

Discussion and potluck dinner

 
Hosted by Newton Dialogues on Peace and War, open to the public
 
SUNDAY January 21, 6:00PM Potluck (bring your favorite dish) 
7:00PM Discussion 
 
LOCATION: home of Jane Brown, 104 Atwood Street, Newton Corner; 

call (617) 244-0061 if there is a severe storm for rescheduling information

 

Rides: if you need or can supply a ride, contact Susan Mirsky, SMIRSKY7@gmail.com.

 
The PBS release of Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's 12-part documentary series on the Vietnam War has attracted a great deal of national attention as we approach the the 50th anniversary of the Tet offensive, the turning point in the war.  Burns and Novick are ambitious; their goal was to produce a definitive video history of the period and to provide a framework to heal the deep wounds in US society caused by the war.  The huge scope of the project provides much information, including numerous interviews of the families, reporters and soldiers involved, plus contemporary news and combat footage from the front.  Interviews of Vietnamese are also included.  
 
However, many antiwar veterans and protesters have critiqued the series as having its own bias and leaving out critical aspects of history.  Does the series actually create a "big tent" and bring people together so that we may "forgive and forget?"  Is the Vietnamese viewpoint represented fairly?  Or have the divisions of the period been re-inflamed during the Trump era?  What has the US government learned from the Vietnam War; is it still pursuing the same foreign policy?  What is the current situation in Vietnam regarding Agent Orange and devastation of the war?  Are there things we can do?  Activists and veterans of the period will make brief presentations followed by discussion of these and other questions.
 
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