So It Is Starting To Look Like Vietnam


A poster in Busse Library showing U.S. presidents involved in Vietnam.

A poster in Busse Library showing U.S. presidents involved in Vietnam.

The posters are hung up for the presentation next Wednesday. Planning for the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the famous wall) has been taken over by the university head of safety and security (thank goodness). Today, I received two news releases to look over from the PR office about the series.

I almost feel like it’s Christmas Eve. An exciting event I’ve long awaited is just about to start.

If you’re free Wednesday night, Sept. 2, come on down to Mount Mercy. Dr. Joy Ochs, an English professor, and I will be talking about the image of Vietnam in movies. It is the kickoff to a three-month conversation the university is having about what the Vietnam War meant for America. Entitled “Stories We Tell: Legacies of the Vietnam War,” the 2015 Fall Faculty Series promises a lot of interesting events.

Joy and I will primarily be speaking about “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket. ”

Besides the posters with the schedule and the posters for next week’s program, there are other signs of the series, too. A grassy area of campus is all staked out where the traveling wall will be installed. And the library is slowly changing appearance.

The librarians have already put out a display of the many movies and books in the collection about Vietnam. Now, informational posters are starting to appear on the pillars of the library.

Some Vietnam movies and books the library has.

Some Vietnam movies and books the library has.

I found myself loitering a bit there today and having a little walk about. When you come to MMU for one of our programs, you might want to plan to spend a few minutes in the library, too.

It’s not exactly Christmas. But there are certainly enough signs of a big event!

Another poster in the library.

Another poster in the library.

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