Free event Monday to offer a community conversation on Vietnam War
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
The renewed discussion about one of the most divisive conflicts in American history doesn't end on your TV.
Panhandle PBS will host Courageous Conversations: The Vietnam War on Monday, featuring guest panelists’ reflections on the film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, as well as their own varied experiences from the era.
The event will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Bud Joyner Auditorium on the Amarillo College Downtown Campus, 1314 S. Polk St.
Guests will include Larry Barnett, U.S. Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient; Dennis Elliott, U.S. Army veteran; Danna Moore, Red Cross volunteer; Yume Tao, Vietnam War refugee; and Jan Douglass, peace activist. (Mary Emeny, who was a humanitarian aid worker during the war, is tentatively scheduled to appear, as well.)
Karen Welch, Panhandle PBS senior content producer, will moderate. The audience also will see clips from Vietnam War-related episodes of Live Here.
“The Vietnam War documentary and our own Live Here interviews about the Vietnam War have always been meant as the beginning of a conversation about the war and its impact," Welch said. "With our Courageous Conversations event, Panhandle PBS hopes to further the progress made in understanding each other — troops, civilians, refugees, humanitarian aid workers and peace activists.”
Audiences also will learn more about the December arrival of The Wall That Heals, the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Admission is free.
Attendees can enter to win copies of The Vietnam War on DVD, the documentary's soundtrack or a related coffee table book.