• Iraq and Vietnam: A Conversation

3/23/2007

Four prominent faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar—all acclaimed writers, artists, and public intellectuals—will discuss the political, cultural, and human dimensions of the Vietnam and Iraq wars as part of Suffolk University’s Centennial Academic Conference, “Scholarship of Application: Integration & Connection.”

Drawing out similarities and differences in these two periods of conflict, the panelists will address such diverse topics as government and military policy, resistance and “the war at home,” and the cultural reverberations of war. Kenneth S. Greenberg, Distinguished Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University, will moderate the panel.

Panelists

Robert Brustein

The founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres, Brustein is a celebrated playwright, director, drama critic, and author of 13 books; winner of prestigious national and international awards and honors, including the 1995 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and the Pirandello medal; and Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University.

James Carroll

James Carroll is the National Book Award-winning author of An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us; House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power; and more than a dozen other books. Carroll is a Boston Globe columnist and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University.

Kenneth S. Greenberg

Kenneth S. Greenberg is the author of several important books on American slavery, including Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting, and Gambling in the Old South, and writer and co-producer of the noted film, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. Greenberg is a Distinguished Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University.

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston, path-breaking and renowned writer whose works have garnered the National Book Award and many other honors, is recipient of a National Humanities Medal, a peace activist, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University.

Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is a prize-winning poet and author of Tipping Point, which won the Washington Prize in Poetry, and Full Moon Boat. Marchant is professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Suffolk University, and teaching affiliate at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Panel details

Each panelist will be introduced by Dean Kenneth Greenberg and will provide a brief statement on the analogy between the war in Iraq and the war in Vietnam. A moderated conversation among the panelists will follow, with questions from the audience concluding the event.

Panel discussion on Friday, March 23, 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.
Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston (rm. TBD)

Registration

To register for this event, visit the event website or call Christina DiRico at 617.573.8222

For more information, contact Sherri Miles, director of communications for the College of Arts and Sciences: 617.305.6374.

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