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Manchester to screen PBS ‘Vietnam’ episode, present panel

MLK 50 ManchesterNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – A special event at Manchester University will offer a preview screening of an episode of "The Vietnam War," a 10-part, 18-hour documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Following the screening, a panel with military veteran Mike Krause, draft resistor Bob Gross and David Waas, MU professor emeritus of history, will speak about their experiences during the war and then take questions.

"Manchester's Vietnam War" will be held in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

It is free and open to the public.

This presentation is among a number of events throughout the academic year that will honor MU's connection to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Manchester was the final campus to host King as a speaker before he was slain in 1968. Waas was a young professor when he heard King speak at Manchester on Feb. 1, 1968.

During this 50th anniversary year of that speech, Manchester will explore such topics as race relations, social and economic inequality, and the entanglements of a protracted military conflict.

Manchester is also gearing up to break ground on the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center, where people from all walks of life will gather for difficult conversations that lead to a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.

The Sept. 7 event is a collaboration between Manchester University Peace Studies Institute and PBS39, the public television station in Fort Wayne.

The presentation is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series at the University.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. It has students from 20 nations and is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

August 2017