I have the distinct pleasure of announcing I have had an article published by War Literature & the Arts, an international journal of the English & Fine Arts department at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The article is a revised version of my talk given at the Twentieth Century Warfare and American Memory Symposium on November 13th & 14th, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. The event was hosted by Regis University’s Center for the Study of War Experience, and co-hosted by Fort Hays State University and War, Literature & the Arts.
I was one of the speakers on The Vietnam War and Memory panel. My presentation covered three areas. I talked about my work, mostly focusing on The Second Tour, but also including several short stories. I covered the concept of war & memory, emphasizing the possibility that memory, especially war memory, is flawed and shouldn’t, perhaps, be trusted. And I offered my thoughts on what we should have learned from the Vietnam War.
The symposium was videotaped by OMNI Media Services located in Broomfield, Colorado. To watch the video, see my War Stories for Beer: Video Presentation elsewhere on this site.
To read the paper, access the WLA website at http://wlajournal.com/23_1/23_1_symposium.html and click on my name. If you also click on Thomas G. Bowie’s article, you can read his reflections on the symposium, reflections that include a paragraph describing his take-away points from my presentation.