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Commencement Forum – The Vietnam War – The Enduring Impact on the Brown Community

Saturday, May 25, 2019

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

John Hay Library, Willis Reading Room, 20 Prospect Street

The 1960s were a time of turmoil and unrest. With war raging in Vietnam and demonstrations mounting here at home, many Brown graduates — both men and women — faced challenges and made life-altering choices. While some protested or fled the country, others enlisted in the armed forces and were sent overseas. Some never came home. Unpack the ways the war shaped a generation of Americans and affected the Brown community in a thought provoking discussion with a panel of alumni experts and service members. Learn how the war affected the entire Brown community a half-century ago and how it continues to shape the lives of Brunonians today.


Thelma Austin ’69, publisher

David I. Kertzer ’69, Paul R. Dupee Jr., University Professor of Social Science, professor of anthropology and Italian studies, Brown University

Scott Somers ’69 (Naval ROTC, U.S. Navy), co-founder of an executive search firm

Moderated by Joe Petteruti ’69 (Rhode Island Air National Guard), former vice president, Bank of America