2017-08-09 / Front Page

Guest speakers to discuss revisiting Vietnam; WWII in Japanese memory

Vietnamese residents work in a field.  — COURTESY PHOTOVietnamese residents work in a field. — COURTESY PHOTOMANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy (GMA) will host two guest speakers, including a Purple Heart recipient, to present on World War II — from Japan’s point of view — and the Vietnam War.

GMA will welcome Professor Eiko Maruko Siniawer of Williams College to talk about how Japan has remembered World War II from the end of the war to the present day. The talk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy.

The presentation will examine how, in the contested terrain of war memory, various Japanese have debated what it means to mourn, atone, apologize, forgive, forget, and remember.

On Monday, Aug. 14, Purple Heart Recipient Fred Grimm will visit GMA to talk about his experiences revisiting Vietnam 30 years after being drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War. Upon his return to Vietnam, Grimm saw poverty in the still-beautiful country, plus tremendous unmet needs for schools and medical care.

The multimedia presentation, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room, will explore the country through moving and insightful photos taken by Meg Mithoefer, who traveled there recently, according to GMA.

Registration for each event is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

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