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Good Morning, Vietnam! Adrian Cronauer and others featured in 2011 Texas Tech University lecture series.

Guest lecturers include the famed wartime disc jockey, the little girl from the Pulitzer Prize winning photo of a Napalm attack, a former prisoner of war from the Hanoi Hilton, and others.

Written by Karin Slyker

Thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University will present a guest lecture series throughout 2011.

The mission of the lecture series is to enrich the cultural life of attendants by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War and its impact on American policies, society and culture. The speakers will provide examples of personal strength and character as they share stories of overcoming adversity and making a difference in the world.

The Vietnam Center and Archive was founded in 1989 by a group of local veterans and now holds the largest collection of Vietnam-related materials outside the U.S. National Archives.

The center will feature the following speakers this year:

Thursday, March 10

Adrian Cronauer – Cronauer is the radio disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam!” After spending many years in television and radio, he earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a special assistant to the director of the Pentagon’s POW/MIA office. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.

Thursday, April 14

Kim Phuc – In 1972, Kim Phuc was photographed running down a road naked and on fire after a napalm strike on her village. Today, Kim Phuc runs a non-profit organization dedicated to children in war-torn areas of the world and is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theater of the Student Union Building.

Thursday, May 12

LeAnn Thieman – Thieman was a nurse involved in Operation Babylift, a mission to evacuate more than 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam before it fell to communist troops. She is also a frequent contributor to the “Chicken Soup” book series. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Thursday, October 13

Kara Dixon Vuic – Vuic has published several articles concerning the army’s marriage and motherhood regulations and the recruitment of nurses for the Vietnam War. She recently published the book, “Office, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Crops in the Vietnam War.” She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Dave Carey – Carey spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. After returning, he held several command positions and earned multiple awards and honors during his service. Carey’s message emphasizes the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Admission to all lectures is free and open to the public. Times are subject to change.

Visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu for more information.

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CONTACT: Mary Saffell, associate director, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or mary.saffell@ttu.edu.

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