To compliment the 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, KSPS Public Television and Eastern Washington University will be hosting three free forums about the Vietnam War throughout 2017. Each event is free and open to the public.
The first forum takes place Thursday, May 11, 2017, Showalter Hall room 109, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Presented by Bob Dean, PhD, 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). Dean specializes in 20th century U.S. history, cultural history, gender issues and is currently conducting classwork in the Vietnam War.
Our panelists will speak about their service in the Vietnam era and how it has informed their lives:
- Hon. Fred Aronow: 101st Airborne Division, combat infantry, 1967-68. 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 Forum.
- Lt. Col Barbara McVay, (now McLean): Air Force flight nurse. She received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Service from President Obama in 2016.
- Dale Soden: B.A. Pacific Lutheran University, (1973), M.A. History, University of Washington (1976), PhD History, University of Washington (1980). 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”.
- Alan Basham served as a Navy hospital corpsman (E-5) with the 1st Marine Air Wing. He 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.