The Vietnam War film and discussion program utilizes short videos and a trained facilitator to prompt discussion about the Vietnam era. Content is culled from Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR, which tells the story of one of the most consequential and divisive events in American history. The videos explore the human dimensions of war that still haunt us today. Witnesses from all sides give their personal testimonies—Americans who fought in the war, those who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. These programs are offered in partnership with New Hampshire PBS.

Program 1: THE VIETNAM WAR:  Diverse Perspectives
This 28-minute video includes war stories told by an American journalist; an anti-war activist; an American author and combat soldier; a Vietnamese author and soldier of the North Vietnamese Army; Hero Mothers; a South Vietnamese refugee; an ARVN officer; and several U.S. Marines.

Program 2: THE VIETNAM WAR: Veteran Voices
This 21-minute video features war stories told by American, North Vietnamese, and South Vietnamese soldiers. One story explores moral injury by following a disabled Vietnam Marine veteran who supports young warriors deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. 

The two videos must be booked as separate Humanities To Go programs. The host site must provide a DVD or Blu-ray player. Facilitators include: Aaron Blais; Suzanne Brown; Ann-Maria Contarino; Bill Donoghue; Mark Gilbertson; Jack Mallory

To book one of these programs, choose a presenter, click on the name for contact information and follow the regular Humanities to Go booking process. For more information about hosting Humanities to Go programs, click HERE.

Aaron Blais is a history teacher at Exeter High School. In his capacity as a teacher, he directs the Veteran Outreach Initiative, a program designed to bring curriculum to NH high schools that incorporates students' interviews of veterans into learning objectives. He also helped develop public programs focused on discussions of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s film, The Vietnam War. He is a US Army veteran of Iraq.

From 2009-2011 Suzanne Brown conducted literature and medicine conversations in Maine for staff in veterans hospitals. During this time the project was adopted nationwide and Suzanne edited the literary anthology Echoes of War.  Currently she is facilitating discussions for female veterans at White River Junction, VA. In 2016-7 she facilitated discussions of the Odyssey with combat veterans. She has facilitated discussions for New Hampshire and Vermont Humanities for almost 30 years. Suzanne recently retired after teaching at Dartmouth College for over thirty-five years. She writes short stories, which have been published in Southern Review, Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, Southwest Review, and other magazines. 

Ann-Maria Contarino has taught in the English department at Saint Anselm College for over 20 years. She also currently serves as academic counselor and coordinator of the writing center at the college. In 2016 and 2017, she served as one of the facilitators on the Manchester team of From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War, and in 2017 trained the facilitators for the next phase of the program.

Bill Donoghue is a Vietnam combat veteran who served as a Corpsman with Marine Combined Action Platoons 1-4-5 and 2-7-0 from 1970-71. These Marine infantry squads of 10 Marines and a Corpsman lived and operated constantly in and around rural Vietnamese villages while training Vietnamese Popular Force/Regional Force soldiers. Total immersion in Vietnamese society enabled Bill to experience the war daily from a villager's view. Recently Bill designed and implemented reintegration programs for service members and their families during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a retired minister, having served congregations in NH for 38 years.

Dr. Mark Gilbertson has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years, including 20 years at the Manchester VA Medical Center. His clinical work as a psychotherapist at Manchester has primarily focused on combat veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who struggle with the very human process of returning from war. This work has also included veterans and their spouses who share this struggle. Dr. Gilbertson has also been an active research scientist during much of the past 30 years and has served as the principal investigator in numerous studies in the areas of both PTSD and schizophrenia. He has been an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and has authored numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and textbook chapters, as well as presentations across the country on the topic of PTSD. Over the past few years, Dr. Gilbertson has worked with the NH National Guard and community organizations to provide clinical briefings on PTSD.

Jack Mallory served in the Army from 1966-1970, including a year in Vietnam as a captain in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He returned to serve as an organizer for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, followed by a 30 year career as an archaeologist and educator. He is now retired, and volunteers at the Manchester VA Medical Center.