What is it about the Vietnam War that continues to evoke contradictory feelings and confusion even now, 44 years after it ended? Following up on the Ken Burns series on Vietnam, LCE offers this provocative 6-session evaluation of our basic assumptions about this unique event in U.S. history and the implications of the Vietnam experience for today’s wars. Using selections from the PBS series’, lecture, speaker and historical documents, this in-depth history of the different periods of the war will open up fresh perspectives which replace confusion about this pivotal event in our history with clarity.
Paul Shannon has taught social science courses in Greater Boston area colleges for 41 years. He has taught variations of his Vietnam course for over 15 years to undergrads and high school teachers at Middlesex Community College, Northeastern University and Merrimack Educational Center. Now retired, he was on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge for over 3 decades.