• Revolution Revised

A panel discussion in association with Hair

4PM Thursday, April, 10, 2008
C. Walsh Theatre
Free and open to the public.

When Hair opened on Broadway in 1968, it tapped into the power of disenfranchised youth culture at the height of war resistance and the Civil Rights Movement. Forty years later, are the themes still relevant? What, if any, are the connections between the conflicts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East? How have the social movements of the Sixties impacted the social movements of today? In this discussion, we'll investigate how the Viet Nam War affected the lives of our panelists and what insight their experience provides us today. Panelists include Kevin Bowen, James Carroll, Fred Marchant and will be moderated by Lauri Umansky.

Kevin Bowen is the Director of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  He grew up in Boston's old West End and was drafted into the Army in January 1968. He served in Vietnam from August 1968-August 1969.  A poet and translator, his most recent works are Early Zen Poems from Vietnam and Thai Binh

James Carroll is an award-winning author and a columnist for the Boston Globe. His novels include Madonna Red, Mortal Friends (New York Times bestseller), Family Trade, Prince of Peace, The City Below, and Secret Father.  His most recent work, House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, a history of the Pentagon, was called "the first great non-fiction book of the new millennium" by the Chicago Tribune. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University. 

Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, including The Looking House (forthcoming from Graywolf Press). He is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by Tran Dang Khoa, a contemporary Vietnamese poet, and he has recently edited a volume of the early poetry of William Stafford, Another World Instead. In 1970, he became one of the first Marine officers ever to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objector. A Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program, Marchant is also co-director of The Suffolk University Poetry Center.

Lauri Umansky, Moderator, is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University.  Among the books she has authored or edited are Motherhood Reconceived: Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties and Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s.  She has offered a course on the culture of the sixties half a dozen times since she joined the CAS faculty in 1990.


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