IW, Mt. Pleasant libraries to host panel discussion on Vietnam War

The Iowa Wesleyan University Chadwick Library in partnership with The Mt. Pleasant Public Library will host a panel discussion on Ken Burns and Lynn Novick?s Vietnam War screening on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the International Room of the Chadwick Library.

Iowan and Former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, will be hosted at Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) and be a featured panelist. Joining Quinn for the panel discussion are John Hendrickson, former IW adjunct History instructor; Roger Pittsenbarger, Director of Henry County Veteran?s Affairs and Vietnam veteran; Roger Farmer, Vietnam War resister; and Father Joseph Phung, Vietnamese-American priest and child in Vietnam during the war.

A fluent speaker of Vietnamese during his diplomatic career, Quinn acted as interpreter for President Gerald Ford at the White House and personally negotiated the first ever entry by U.S. personnel into a Vietnamese prison to search for U.S. POW/MIAs. Quinn rose to become one of the most decorated Foreign Service officers of his generation, recognized for his humanitarian endeavors and his actions in dangerous and violent situations.

?As a long time professor of international studies, I have personally found the studying of the Vietnam War as one of the critical events of the second half of the 20th century. Due to the complexity and scale of conflict, its effect on geopolitics and shaping of Cold War policy was immense especially in the region. The rise of communism in the region would result in a crisis of refugees that would have effect across the area and ultimately in the United States? said Dr. DeWayne Frazier, Vice President of Academics and Dean.

?Many rural communities like Mt. Pleasant would serve as a safe haven for refugees from the region including Cambodia, Laotians, South Vietnam, Thailand and other countries,? he continued. ?Iowa Wesleyan is proud to be able to be an educational convener for these important discussions and the Vietnam War Documentary Series will be a nice impetus for the dialogue.?

The series cost $30 million to produce and 10 years to make.

The Vietnam War kit was awarded to The Mt. Pleasant Public Library in partnership with The Chadwick Library at IW by the American Libraries Association.

To learn more about this upcoming event, contact Paula Wiley at 319-385-6318 or visit