Cultural historian to speak on Vietnam’s anti-war movement

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Cultural historian to speak on Vietnam’s anti-war movement KINGSTON, R.I. — November 19, 1999 — H. Bruce Franklin, an English professor at Rutgers University, will speak on the “Antiwar Movement We Are Supposed to Forget” as part of the University of Rhode Island’s fall honors colloquium series, “Legacies of the Vietnam War.” Franklin, an early activist against the Vietnam War, will argue that the real movement against Vietnam has been reimaged and forgotten, thus hiding its relevance to America today. Franklin will speak in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of the Chafee Social Science Center on URI’s Kingston Campus, Nov. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Franklin received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and his doctorate of philosophy from Stanford University. He also received a certificate in Environmental Horticulture from the College of San Mateo, California. He has taught at various universities including Yale, Stanford, and the Free University of Paris, France. A navigator and intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Force Command of the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1959, Franklin resigned his commission as captain of the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1966 in protest of the Vietnam War. A prominent cultural historian, Franklin has authored many publications, including his nationally acclaimed book, M.I.A. or Mythmaking in America. He has discussed his work on C-Span, CNN, “World News this Morning,” the Education Channel, CBS with Dan Rather, NBC Nightly News, and radio and television stations abroad. Franklin is also the author of The Vietnam War in American Stories, Songs, and Poems and the forthcoming Vietnam and Other Fantasies, due out next year. He serves on the advisory board for The Viet Nam Generation; URI’s Colloquium series runs Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. x-x-x For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116