Topeka, Kan. – Rachel Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University, will present “Remembering Vietnam: Perspectives on an American War” as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. Goossen’s lecture is April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on Washburn’s campus. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Last summer, Goossen traveled the length of Vietnam north to south, from the metropolis of Hanoi to the rural Mekong Delta. Along the way, she encountered young Vietnamese whose parents, fifty years earlier, had supplied the Ho Chi Minh Trail and fought against the Americans. Drawing on photos and conversations from her trip, as well as encounters with veterans here in Topeka, she will consider whether the traumas of that war are a thing of the past.
The College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series began in spring 2016. Every spring and fall semester, a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn is selected to share their expertise on a topic of general interest to the community. Goossen is the third faculty member selected to speak as part of the lecture series.