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To compliment the 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, KSPS Public Television and Eastern Washington University have hosted free forums about the Vietnam War throughout 2017. Each event is free and open to the public. The last forum is Thursday, November 2. Forums will be recorded and available on this page.

Forum #1: "Framing the Conversation: Drafting the Army and the Domestic Consequence"

When: Thursday, May 11, 2:30 - 4:30pm
Where: Showalter 109, EWU Campus, Cheney WA

Presented by Bob Dean, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, Eastern Washington University, author of Imperial Brotherhood: Gender and the Making of Cold War Foreign Policy (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001). Dr. Dean specializes in 20th Century U.S. History, Cultural History, Gender issues and is currently conducting classwork in the Vietnam War.


Hon. Fred AronowHon. Fred Aronow: 101st Airborne Division, combat infantry, 1967-68, retired as a Colonel after 32 years combined U.S. Army and Army Reserve experience. B.A. and J.D. Gonzaga University, M.Ed. (1967 and 1981), Georgia State University (1973). Judge Aronow served 11 years as a Superior Court Commissioner, over 7 years as a Superior Court pro-tem Judge/Commissioner and currently serves as a pro-tem Judge in the Spokane County District Court. He is the President, Co-Founder and Board member for Spokane Veterans Forum.

Lt. Col Barbara McVayLt. Col Barbara McVay, (now McLean): After her military service as an Air Force flight nurse in Vietnam, Ms. McLean raised her family and continues to serve God and her country through several service organizations, including Project Linus which provides hand-sewn blankets and quilts to ailing children and youth in hospitals and health care centers. McLean coordinates for 16 different clinics and hospitals in several states. She received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Service from President Obama in 2016.

Dale SodenDale Soden: B.A. Pacific Lutheran University, (1973), M.A. History, University of Washington (1976), Ph.D. History, University of Washington (1980). Dr. Soden has been a member of the Whitworth University faculty since 1985. He has numerous publications and presentations including Outsiders in a Promised Land: Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History (2015, OSU Press) and “The Role of Religion in the Civil Rights Movement in Portland and Seattle” at the Conference on Race, Radicalism, and Repression, University of Washington, 2011. His course work includes “American Intellectual History”, “American Popular Culture”, “Pacific Northwest History” and "History of the Vietnam War".

Alan BashamAlan Basham served as a Navy hospital corpsman (E-5) with the 1st Marine Air Wing in Vietnam in 1970-71, flying into active combat zones in helicopters to evacuate wounded Marines. He was one of the MAG-16 Flying Docs, an all- volunteer group of medevac corpsmen stationed at Marble Mountain helicopter base near Danang. Alan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at EWU, where he has been training and supervising graduate students in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling for over twenty years. He has been a national leader in the American Counseling Association, is past president of the Washington Counseling Association and has received multiple awards recognizing his contributions as a counselor and educator – including the EWU Trustees’ Award. He still believes that his most meaningful accomplishment is to be a USMC Doc.

Forum #2: Veteran's Voices: Vietnam's Lasting Legacy

When: Thursday, September 28th at 7pm (Recorded August 23rd - moderated by Steve Becker)
Where: On air on KSPS Public Television

Five veterans met at the replica Vietnam Memorial Wall when it visited Spokane to compare and contrast their experiences in Vietnam and the Middle East, life after their tours were over, and what the U.S. should have learned from Vietnam.


Hon. Fred Aronow is a retired Army Colonel who served 32 years in the Army and Army Reserves and was a Company Commander of paratroopers in Vietnam in 1967 and 68. Judge Aronow served 11 years as a Superior Court Commissioner, over 7 years as a Superior Court pro-tem Judge/Commissioner and currently serves as a pro-tem Judge in the Spokane County District Court. He is the President, Co-Founder and Board member for Spokane Veterans Court and Forum, which provides mentoring and therapeutic support for court-involved military veterans.

John Cooper is Vice-President of the Inland Empire Chapter of Vietnam Vets of America. John served 13 months in Vietnam as an Army Mechanic . In his last job before retirement he spent 16 years as an IT Technician with the VA.

Mikel Stevenson served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1966-1969, and in Vietnam October 1967 - November 1968 as a forward observer for naval gunfire. He worked 13 years at the Spokane VA Medical Center as a therapist in the trauma recovery program. Now retired, he has been a member of Veterans for Peace for 6 years.

Dave Millet is the Director of the Veterans Resource Center at Eastern Washington University supporting student veterans in higher education. He spent 25 years on active duty in the U.S. Army retiring in 2009. During his military career Dave was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star, Ranger Tab, and Airborne and Air Assault Badges. Dave has a B.S. in psychology from Seattle University and a master's in human resource management from Troy University.

Eliseo “Joe” Dumlao is the Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the Spokane Vet Center. Originally from Honolulu, Hawai`i and retired from active duty Air Force in 2009. Joe served in the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom among others. He also has his Masters in Social Work degree and is a clinical counselor at the Vet Center when he isn’t engaged in outreach.

Forum #3: "The Remains of War - The POW/MIA Movement" by Dr. Thomas Hawley

When: Thursday, October 5th, 2:30 pm
Where: EWU Campus, Showalter Hall #109, Cheney WA

Dr. Thomas HawleyDr. Thomas Hawley, author of “The Remains of War: Bodies, Politics, and the Search for American Soldiers Unaccounted For in Southeast Asia”. Dr. Hawley will discuss how the POW/MIA movement was used to change, and possibly manipulate, the conversation about the Vietnam War during the era, and since.

FORUM: #4 - "The Legacy of the Vietnam War"
by Christian Appy, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts - Amherst

When: Thursday, November 2, 2:30 pm
Where: Showalter Hall, Room 109, EWU Campus, Cheney WA

Christian Appy, Ph.D.Christian Appy, Ph.D. is the author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides -Working Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam - Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism

Suggested Readings, Vietnam Wars:

Chris Appy, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. Penguin, 2016.
Mark Philip Bradley, Vietnam at War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
William J. Duiker, Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.
Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam. University of North Carolina Press 2016.
Marilyn B. Young, The Vietnam Wars, 1945–1990. New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
Robert Dean, Imperial Brotherhood: Gender and the Making of Cold War Foreign Policy. University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.
George M. Kahin, Intervention: How America became Involved in Vietnam. New York: Knopf, 1986.
Loren Baritz, Backfire: A History of How American Culture Led Us into Vietnam and Made Us Fight the Way We Did. New York: Morrow, 1985.
James William Gibson, The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam. Little Brown, 1986.
Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Picador, 2013.
Meredith Lair, Armed With Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War.University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Christian G. Appy, Working Class War. University of North Carolina Press, 1993
Heather Marie Stur, Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era. Cambridge, 2012.
Christian G. Appy, Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. Penguin 2004.
Tim O-Brien, The Things They Carried, Mariner Books, 2009.
Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, Vintage Books, 1995.
“Sam” Lien Le, The Spirit Stills the Storms: A Vietnamese Refugee’s Bold Journey to Freedom,Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, 2010.
Harold G. Moore & Joseph L. Galloway, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, Random House Printing, October, 1992.
Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places. Plume, 1993.

On French Indochinese Empire, and the Vietnamese war against the French, (1946-1954):

Fredrik Logevall, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam. New York: Random House, 2012.
Bernard Fall, Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina. 1961.
Graham Greene, The Quiet American, 1955 (classic novel).
Mark Philip Bradley, Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919–1950. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
Pierre Brocheux and Daniel Hémery, Indochine: La colonisation ambiguë, 1858–1954. Paris: Découverte, 1994. 427 pp. Rev. ed. Paris: Découverte, 2001. 447 pp. English translationIndochina: An Ambiguous Colonization, 1858-1954. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
Peter Zinoman, The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862–1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
James C. Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976.

U.S Anti-War and Peace Movement:

David Maraniss, They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003
Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. Knopf, 2014.
Daniel Ellsberg, Secrets: a memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon papers. Penguin, 2003.
Terry H. Anderson, The Movement and the Sixties. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Daniel Berrigan, The Dark Night of Resistance. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.
Richard Moser, The New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veteran Dissent during the Vietnam Era. Rutgers University Press, 1996
Lorena Oropeza, ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No! Chicano Protest and Patriotism During the Viet Nam War Era. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005
Michael S. Foley, Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003
Seth Rosenfeld, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.
Amy Swerdlow, Women Strike for Peace: Traditional Motherhood and Radical Politics in the 1960s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
James Carroll, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us.Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Tom Hayden, Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement, Yale University Press, January, 2017.

For a much more complete and partially annotated bibliography on all aspects of the Vietnam Wars, see the one prepared by Prof. Edwin E. Moise, available here.

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