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Panelists to discuss Vietnam War, effect on modern public perceptions of war today on Oct. 21

A panel discussion titled “War: What Are We Fighting For? From Vietnam to Afghanistan” will be held in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Panelists who will share their 1960s Vietnam experiences are Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, and Newt Smith, professor emeritus of English. Panelists who will share international and historical perspectives, respectively, will be Niall Michelsen, associate professor of international relations with the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and Alexander Macaulay, associate professor of history.

The event is connected to WCU’s campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme for 2013-14, “1960s: Take It All In.”

“The goal is to open a dialogue about the ways in which the Vietnam War impacted our reactions to war today, how we as a society protest about war today and how war is presented to the American people,” said Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of sociology and an event organizer.

Chamberlin said the panel discussion about war and upcoming discussions that will center on voting rights, environmental issues and abortion are intended to help the WCU community reflect on what happened in the 1960s and how the issues have changed or remained the same during the past 50 years.

For more information, contact Chamberlin at 828-227-3839 or mchamber@wcu.edu.

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