Black Mountain Institute on Vietnam & Iraq

FREE, Speakers/Lectures, UNLV | | March 13, 2007 at 13:27

Hats off to Carol Harter, former UNLV President, who manifested her vision of a think tank of writers and artists and birthed the Black Mountain Institute in 2006. The BMI is composed of the Forum (Forum on Contemporary Cultures), the North American Network of Cities of Asylum (NANCA) and the International Institute of Modern Letters (IML). Determined to be a forum where all can express themselves, regardless of political and cultural orientation, the BMI’s mission is to provide “an environment where thinkers and writers from all segments of global society can fight against entrenched perspectives….”

BMI is sponsoring a two-day event with a panel of authors, historians, educators and veterans who will explore “The Vietnam War in Light of Iraq” – the politics and lessons (apparently not well learned) of the Vietnam conflict vis a vis the current war in Iraq.

There will be a panel discussion starting at 7pm on Wed Mar 21 with historian Charles Herring, Iraq War veteran Jimmy Castellanos, Vietnam native Nu Tran and UNLV Professor John Irsfeld. UNLV Professor Joseph (Andy) Fry will moderate. Thurs, Mar 22 @ 7 pm, the two novelists, Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran, and Robert Stone will read from their latest works.

These events are open and free to the public. You do not need tickets or reservations. You are advised to arrive early to get good seats. For more info: 702-895-5542. Attention to different meeting halls: The venue Wed, Mar 21 is Doc Rondo Hall, UNLV Artemus Ham Fine Arts Building; the venue Thur Mar 22 is Barrick Museum Auditorium. Both UNLV campus.

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