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We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music and the Experience of Vietnam Veterans
February 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Senior Fellow (2009-2013)
Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison
This project, a collaboration between UW Professor Craig Werner and Vietnam veteran and veteran advocate Doug Bradley, uses music as a touchstone for constructing a veteran-centered narrative of the Vietnam era. The book is grounded in over 100 interviews with Vietnam veterans: combat soldiers, the support troops known as REMFS, officers, engineers, pilots, and nurses; white, black, Chicano, Native American.
A Senior Fellow in Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Craig Werner is a member of the faculty of the Departments of Afro-American Studies and English and the Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin. The author of seven books (including Paradoxical Resolutions: American Fiction since James Joyce; Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse; Adrienne Rich: The Poet and Her Critics; and A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America) he is actively involved in building bridges between academia and non-academic audiences, via his work with the Odyssey Program for low-income adults; the veteran-centered writing group, The Deadly Writers Patrol; Lincoln Center’s Black Music Celebration series; and the Nominating Committee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is currently completing work on Love & Happiness: Eros According to Dante, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the Reverend Al Green (written in collaboration with the Reverend Rhonda Lee of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina); and embarking on a new project focusing on the role of theology in the Civil Rights, Black Power and Red Power movements.