A reluctant Vietnam soldier’s collection of short stories inspired by his war experience will be presented as part of Booth Library’s series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”
The book “Nam: Things That Weren’t True and Other Stories, Some Funny – Some Sad,” by Robert McGowan, deals with themes such as going into war, injuries, loss, guilt and innocence, and homecomings.
Most Vietnam literature was written during or shortly after the war, but this collection came much later, written during the decade of the 2000s as a reflection, after many years, on the events that changed – or ended – the lives of many Americans in the 1960s, and on the personal costs, yet ongoing, of that war.
“I chose to present these stories, dealing with one of the major upheavals of the 1960s, out of respect and affection for their author, Robert McGowan,” said John Whisler, a Booth Library faculty member who worked with McGowan at the Memphis Public Library.
Whisler will read excerpts from 10 of McGowan’s 37 short stories during his presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in Witters Conference Room 4440 of Booth Library. The public is welcome to attend.
Other programs coming up in the “Revolutionary Decade” series:
- Film screening: “Free Radicals: An Exploration of Experimental Film,” 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library. David Gracon, assistant professor of communication studies, will lead this screening and discussion about experimental film from the 1960s and beyond.
- Panel discussion: “Looking Toward the Future: Math and Science Curricula in the 1960s,” 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library. The presentation will focus on significant changes in math and science school curricula during the ‘60s, including “new math,” the creation of NASA and a new focus on the environment.
Panelists will be Peter Andrews, chair of the mathematics and computer science department; Steve Daniels, chair of the physics department; Katie Lewandowski, assistant professor of geology; Dave Linton, instructor of physics and astronomy; and Peter Wiles, associate professor of math.
All events are free and open to the public.
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