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Lessons of Vietnam

Historian Marilyn B. Young, author of “The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990” will host “Vietnam: Lessons Learned and Forgotten,” a panel discussion presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history exhibit: “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” May 7 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Young will be joined by Jan Barry, journalist and author of “A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Campaigns”; Joseph Giannini, lawyer, writer, and Vietnam veteran, whose story is featured in BHS’s exhibit “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” as well as members of the groups Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Vietnam was America’s longest war, but it is possible that the war in Iraq will challenge that record. What are the similarities and differences between the two conflicts? What lessons did the U.S. government learn from Vietnam? What lessons have the people of the U.S. learned about our government? Can history really teach?

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

The Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street. For more, call 718-222-4111 or go to www.brooklynhistory.org.

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