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AETN partners with Hendrix College to host screening event for ‘The Vietnam War'

Posted 08 Sep 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network, in partnership with Hendrix College, will host a free preview screening of the documentary film series "The Vietnam War," Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

The screening, which is open to the public, will be held in Mills A of the Mills Social Sciences Center, located along Washington Avenue on the Hendrix College campus in Conway. An opportunity for discussion featuring a group of panelists will follow the screening.

Panelists include: Dr. Jay Barth, M.E. and Ima Graves Peace distinguished professor of politics at Hendrix College; John Coffin, chair of the Arkansas Coalition for Peace; Dr. Josh Glick, Hendrix College assistant professor of English and film studies; and Dr. Deb Skok, Hendrix College associate professor of 20th century U.S. history. Dr. Mike Sprunger, Hendrix College associate professor of East Asian history, will moderate.

"The Vietnam War," directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on AETN Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. An immersive, 360-degree narrative, the 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The first five episodes will air Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21, and the final five episodes will air Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 each night.

"The Vietnam War" features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen, digitally remastered archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

The film will be accompanied by an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #VietnamWarPBS.

AETN's local initiative, "AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans," also includes the following:

Additional information about AETN's local initiative, including complete information on how to get involved, is available at aetn.org/thevietnamwar.

Funding for "The Vietnam War" is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).