The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

In a Columbia University forum, introduced by University President Lee C. Bollinger and moderated by Dean of General Studies Peter Awn, filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will join in conversation with Michael K. Heaney, JD, PhD, a Vietnam veteran who attended Columbia’s School of General Studies in 1967, and current undergraduate Mark Franklin, an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran who is President of Columbia’s Student Military Veterans organization. They will talk about the military-civilian divide that grew on American college campuses during the Vietnam War and what has changed today because of efforts to heal that rift. While Columbia may be known for its anti-war activism a half century ago, over the past decade the University has become a major higher education destination for recent military veterans, both in its School of General Studies which was designed for such “non-traditional” undergraduate students after World War II, as well as its graduate and professional schools.

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