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  • Arts of War on the Web » Don Oberdorfer, 1931-2015
    was among the great events of the 1960s and possibly one of the great events of our times he wrote in The Post in 1978 It is also among the most paradoxical and seemingly inexplicable How could Tet have been both a defeat for the attacker abroad and a defeat for the government at home The Tet Offensive he said was the first international Big Event via television remains one for historians to ponder Comments Off on Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Posted on July 30th 2015 in Book News History Obituaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On DVD On Line On Stage On TV Opera Photography Plays Poetry Radio Sculpture TV Series Uncategorized Vietnam War Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Herbert Schandler, 1928-2015
    places with the Library of Congress s Congressional Research Service as a national defense specialist and in the Joint Chiefs of Staff s strategic plans and policy office The author of the highly acclaimed The Unmaking of a President Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam 1977 and America in Vietnam The War That Couldn t be Won 2009 his military awards included two Combat Infantryman Badges the Senior Parachutist Badge four Legions of Merit three Bronze Star Medals with V devices and fourteen Air Medals Comments Off on Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Posted on July 30th 2015 in Book News History Obituaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On DVD On Line On Stage On TV Opera Photography Plays Poetry Radio Sculpture TV Series Uncategorized Vietnam War Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Archives
    And that s just the tip of the Vietnam War iceberg To search yourself go to the main Digital Archive page Posted on January 19th 2011 in Archives History Newly Released Vietnam War Files On July 14 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released more than 1 000 pages of previously classified testimony and transcripts from heretofore secret closed 1967 and 1968 meetings and hearings dealing primarily with the Vietnam War The Committee chair Sen John Kerry D Mass said the panel released the material because it sheds light on an important period of American history and all of its lessons It is incredible to read through these papers and hear the voices of many of the Senate s giants wrestling with Vietnam and all its complexity at a time when many of us including some of us on the Foreign Relations Committee today were serving as young officers in Vietnam living out those very same questions in a personal way Most of the discussions during the closed sessions focused on the war including the circumstances surrounding the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident and the subsequent Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave President Johnson the authority to use force in Vietnam and which led to the massive American troop commitment beginning in 1965 The Foreign Relations Committee staff after investigating the incident prepared a report accusing then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara above of misleading the committee in testimony by claiming unequivocally that American ships in the Gulf of Tonkin were the victims of unprovoked attacks by North Vietnamese torpedo boats Some Senators including Albert Gore Sr of Tennessee were outraged with what they saw as McNamara s willful deceit If this country has been misled if this committee this Congress has been misled by pretext into a war in which thousands of young men have died and many more thousands have been crippled for life and out of which their country has lost prestige moral position in the world Gore said the consequences are very great Among the other topics covered in the papers are the Pueblo incident the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty the impact of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the soaring economic costs of the Vietnam War The volume was put together by Donald A Ritchie of the Senate Historical Office The transcripts and other papers were declassified through general procedures and reviewed by the Department of State the Pentagon CIA and National Security Agency A link to the testimony and transcripts is available at the committee s home page Posted on July 20th 2010 in Archives History The Vietnam War Digital Collection Way back in 1983 WGBH the Boston PBS station produced the ambitious acclaimed 13 hour documentry Vietnam A Television History an in depth look at Vietnam s wars based on Stanley Karnow s best selling book Vietnam A History Now comes the ultimate bonus material The Vietnam Collection an on line video archive that contains most of the materials gathered and created for

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Arts on the Web
    Arts on the Web Book News Share Your Thoughts on Go Tell the Spartans William Cummings a Professor of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida has just created what he calls a digital and public history project dealing with the highly regarded 1978 Vietnam War film Go Tell the Spartans I am inviting readers to join in an online discussion of this film s history of the Vietnam War Cummings told us To do so go to the project s Subjecting History web page When you do you ll find a detailed deconstruction of the film along with space for you to make comments Cummings explains that Subjecting History is an on line collaboration between professional scholars and the public to explore the way that we individually and collectively interpret events from the past The purpose he says is to explore how we can build a more democratic process for understanding the past and its role in society today Ultimately the contributors will reflect on the contributions made by commenters and the project will be published by Ohio University Press All commenters Cummings notes understand that their comments may be printed in the physical version of this text To cut back on spam all commenters must enter a name and email address The Editors will not share email addresses with any source Cummings says nor will they make email addresses publicly available Posted on March 14th 2013 in Arts on the Web Feature Films Let There Be Light on Line Let There Be Light the powerful and disturbing documentary that the legendary director screenwriter actor John Huston made for the U S Army in 1945 which was banned from the public until 1980 is now available on line at the web site run by the National Film Preservation Foundation The Pentagon asked Huston who was serving in the Army Signal Corps to document World War II veterans suffering emotionally His use in the doc of unscripted interviews adds up to a devastating portrait of the psychological wounds of war even in the so called Good War among members of the so called Greatest Generation The doc was so powerful and disturbing that the Army banned it from being shown in public until 1980 It was recently restored by the National Archives and will be available to view on line free of charge until August Houston who directed The Maltese Falcon The Asphalt Jungle The Misfits and The Man Who Would Be King among many other films conducted the interviews for Let There Be Light at Mason General Hospital on Long Island I decided that the best way to make the film was to follow one group through from the day of their arrival until their discharge Huston who died in 1987 later said When the patients arrived they were in various conditions of emotional distress Some had tics some were paralyzed one in ten was psychotic Most of them fell into the general designation of anxiety

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Book Talk
    or above This will be a resource for people studying the books If there is anyone out there who would like to tackle this project please let me know You will get online credit and maybe class credit Posted on August 24th 2010 in Arts on the Web Book Talk More on The Things They Carried 20th Anniversary Tim O Brien s publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is rolling out a huge marketing package to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of his iconic collection of interconnected in country Vietnam War short stories The Things They Carried The book has sold some two million copies and is a stable in high school and college English and Vietnam War history classes That campaign features among other things a new jacket above for the book which is now available in paperback hardcover e book and Kindle a traditional in person book tour and a live webcast that starts at 1 00 Eastern time on Monday March 22 To sign up for that webcast and to see a list of O Brien s live events as well as other O Brien material go to the website his publisher has created for the 20th anniversary Posted on March 20th 2010 in Book News Book Talk The Things They Carried at 20 Time goes quickly when you re in the upper middle age brackets so I guess it shouldn t be a surprise that 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Tim O Brien s Vietnam War classic The Things They Carried This simply but powerfully and evocatively written book of five linked short stories was an instant critical and popular success remains in print and has been required reading for college and high school students since the late 80s To commemorate the event O Brien the former Vietnam War infantryman will do a year long series of readings and talks on the book The first one will be held March 16 in Berkeley California For more info on the book on O Brien and on his other work along with a list of the events go to the Tim O Brien homepage a long time labor of love put together by Marilyn Knapp Litt Posted on February 11th 2010 in Book Talk Fatal Light the 20th Anniversary Edition Richard Currey s classic Vietnam War and post war novel Fatal Light which came out to sterling reviews in 1989 is about to be published in a new 20th Anniversary Edition from the Santa Fe Writers Project 204 pp 14 paper That most excellent event will be celebrated with a reading by Currey who served as a Navy corpsman in Vietnam on Sunday April 5 at 2 00 p m at The Writers Center in Bethesda Maryland Currey has written an introduction to the new edition which sets the novel in its overall place and links it to future wars including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan You can read the intro on Currey

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Comic Books
    comic book back in 1987 Individual pages of the graphically drawn and written in country comic now out of print are now on line Vietnam Journal started out a black and white comic and later was a color strip in Gallery Magazine It now lives on in increments on Lomax s website as a web comic The story line follows Scott Neithammer a freelance war correspondent who is reporting on the war from the infantryman s point of view We will leave each posting up for a period of time as traffic on this site dictates Lomax below says on the site then they will be replaced with new pages on a regular basis Unfortunately due to space restrictions the pages will not be archived You can read a recent interview with Lomax on the History Net website Posted on May 4th 2011 in Arts on the Web Comic Books Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Conferences
    It A Conversation about Southern Music and the Vietnam War with Charles Hughes a PhD candidate in history at UW Madison and Bill C Malone the host of Back to the Country on WORT FM At 3 00 that day at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center Theater there will be a panel discussion entitled Does Anybody Know I m Here Black Music and the Black Experience in Vietnam Taking part will be William Bell a Stax Records artist who served with the 25th Infantry Division in 1962 63 Art Flowers a Vietnam veteran novelist poet and Professor of English at Syracuse University Clyde Stubblefield a drummer who played with James Brown during his 1968 Vietnam tour and Lauren Onkey Vice President of Education and Public Programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday at noon the Museum hosts a concert by singer songwriter and VVA member Lem Genovese Marty Heuer who served with the 174th AHC and was a founding member of High Priced Help and Three Majors and Minor Jim Walktendonk a singer songwriter and former 18th MP Dog Handler and Hugo Keesing The final event begins at 2 00 at the Museum We Gotta Get Out of This Place Music and the Vietnam Experience a panel discussion with journalist and Vietnam veteranDoug Bradley and author Craig Werner who is an professor of Afro American Studies at UW Madison All events are free and open to the public For more info call 608 261 0541 or go to the museum s website Posted on October 27th 2010 in Conferences Music Pop Culture Confab 11 Call for Papers Next year s annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association will take place in San Antonio from April 20 23 2011 The conference in previous years has had a section devoted to the Vietnam War Next year that will be expanded to include all of America s wars following World War II As was the case with the Vietnam area all aspects of literature history culture and the arts involving the Korean War the Vietnam War and the wars in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan and from all sides are relevant for discussion The call for proposals has just gone out for papers and panels According to Mary Sue Ply who coordinates the war section All approaches and points of view creative scholarly interdisciplinary multicultural are welcome film literature history sociology political science linguistics ethnicity folklore original fiction poetry drama art music Vietnamese writers and artists and culture non American perspectives on any of these wars whatever interests you about these wars and their genesis or aftermath Send a 250 word abstract including the title for a paper or for a complete panel to the address below For each presenter include name department and university affiliation where appropriate mailing address phone number s and e mail address And mention Arts of War on the Web if you do Mary Sue Ply Department of English Southeastern Louisiana University

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Dance
    War academic conference seminar panel discussion or other type of similar event on a fairly regular basis But these days academic Vietnam War conferences are about as rare as kind hearted drill instructors The good news is that beginning on Thursday April 14 Hofstra University on Long Island will present Into Sunlight The Impact of War on the Social Body From the Vietnam Era to the Present a three day multi faceted academic conference On the agenda lectures panel discussions speak outs art exhibits and performance events The guest star is Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss the author of the exceptionalVietnam War non fiction book They Marched Into Sunlight Maraniss will be the Keynote speaker and will take part in several other events What s unique about this conference is that it was conceived of by a Hofstra Professor of Dance Robin Becker who inspired by Maraniss book created a full length dance piece Into Sunlight which will be performed at the conference Also on the wide ranging and ambitious agenda the world premiere of a play Undeclared History which is based on Vietnam War era oral histories of Hofstra graduates including veterans antiwar activists journalists and faculty members On Friday April 8 the panels include Diagnosis and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Edward Tick the founding director of Soldier s Heart Veterans Safe Return Programs You can find out more by calling 516 463 5669 or going to the conference web site Posted on April 9th 2011 in Conferences Dance Another Honor for Twyla Tharp The internationally renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp was one of six recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7 Tharp and the other awardees Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who Barbra Streisand Morgan Freeman and George Jones were honored at a White House reception and at a Kennedy Center gala for their distinguished careers and contributions to the arts Tharp has choreographed more than 135 dances five Hollywood movies directed and choreographed three Broadway shows and written two books since graduating from college in 1963 One of the Broadway shows was Movin Out the Vietnam War themed production done to the tune of 23 Billy Joel songs VVA honored Tharp for that outstanding show with our President s Award for Excellence in the Arts at the National Leadership Conference in in 2004 in Nashville Tharp gave a great acceptance speech in Nashville and since then has been very supportive of VVA and Vietnam veterans On her web site she lists the honors and awards she has received over the long career and includes the VVA award among them To wit one Tony Award two Emmy Awards nineteen honorary doctorates the Vietnam Veterans of America President s Award the 2004 National Medal of the Arts the Jerome Robbins Prize The Kennedy Center Honors and many grants including the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Fellowship Posted on December 10th 2008 in Dance Subversive Dance Choreographer David Dorfman s underground isn

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