Fall Honors Colloquium explores “Legacies of the Vietnam War”

University of Rhode Island KINGSTON, R.I. — August 26, 1999 — This fall, the University of Rhode Island community and the general public are invited to explore in depth the true legacies of the Vietnam War with experts who have studied the war, artists who have re-imagined it, and those who lived through it. Coordinated by Political Science Professor Gerry Tyler and English Professor Don Kunz, the semester-long Colloquium, “The Legacies of the Vietnam War,” will offer students the chance to study the major consequences of the War-not so much by looking back at the historical facts, but by looking around at current artistic, cultural, environmental, military, political, psychological, and sociological phenomena that evolved as a result of the conflict. Free and open to the public, the lecture series begins Sept. 14 and runs through Dec. 7 and features such speakers as: former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (Sept. 15); Good Morning Vietnam film subject Adrian Cronauer (Sept. 28); author Le Ly Hayslip (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of Peace, Woman of War) (Oct. 5); Television correspondent and author of Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad Peter Arnett (Nov. 2); and a panel of Rhode Island veterans (Nov. 9). Also speaking will be Wallace Terry, author of Bloods; An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (Oct. 26), among many others. Colloquium events also include a photo exhibit in the URI Fine Arts Galleries on the Kingston Campus, coordinated by Gallery Director Judith Tolnick, which runs from Sept. 14 through Oct. 31. The exhibition will offer Rhode Islanders an opportunity to add their own photographs and text to convey their personal legacies of the war. In October, the URI Theatre Department will perform John DiFusco’s play Tracers which follows the lives of several U.S. combatants. The Colloquium is sponsored by the University’s Honors Program, College of Arts & Sciences, President’s Office, Student Entertainment Committee, Women’s Studies and Film Studies Programs, Counseling Center, Departments of English and Political Science. Other sponsors include the John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service, the URI Foundation, The Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, and the URI Division of University Advancement. Most presentations will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Barry Marks Auditorium Chafee Social Science Center on the University’s Kingston Campus. For a brochure on the Colloquium, contact the URI Honors Program office at 874-2303. The schedule is also available on-line from URI’s home page at http://www.uri.edu. X-X-X For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116