|March 20, 2017
America in Times of Conflict
Documentary explores how Dick Cavett television show conversations and debates presented wide-ranging views of Vietnam War
A free presentation of the 2015 documentary “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam” will be shown from 1:30-3 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St. Following the showing of the film, Dr. Michael Rubinoff from the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture will lead a discussion about this controversial chapter of American history. This Film+Forum presentation is part of the Library’s ongoing “America in Times of Conflict” speaker series which explores stories and perspectives from our local community during military conflicts in American history.
The documentary examines the Vietnam War and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The film combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and historical commentary.
From the PBS website:
The Vietnam War was the first “‘television war.” Night after night, the evening news broadcast the conflict into living rooms across America. As the country watched coverage of the fighting, Dick Cavett’s late night talk show featured thoughtful conversations and often-times spirited debate about the war from all sides of the political spectrum, mirroring the public’s growing unrest and the divisiveness that was ripping the country apart.
"While I started out to do an entertaining talk show, you couldn’t keep Vietnam out of the conversation,” says Dick Cavett in an interview in the documentary. Joining Cavett are a mix of actor/entertainers (Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Groucho Marx and Paul Newman), politicians (Senators Barry Goldwater, Wayne Morse, Edmund Muskie, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey), sports figures (Muhammad Ali) and more.
This event will be followed on Tuesday, April 4, by Film+Forum: “Debt of Honor – Disabled Veterans in American History.” This PBS film reveals how the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans, from the Revolutionary war to the present. Following the film, Sr. Vice Commander John Burden from the Disabled American Veterans Department of Arizona will share the challenges that current disabled veterans face, as well as the services that are available to them and their families. This presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
Then, on Saturday, April 8, a video presentation will feature author Viet Thanh Nguyen presenting his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Sympathizer,” a spy novel that explores a "man of two minds" and of two worlds during the Vietnam War. Ellie Hutchison from Arizona Humanities will lead a book discussion following the video. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
The “America in Times of Conflict” series concludes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, with “Creating Peace From Conflict,” featuring performances, speakers and conversation exploring the ways in which individuals who’ve experienced war have looked to create inner peace, as well as to make a difference in the lives of others. This program is in partnership, in part, with the ASU Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. This free event is at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library services.
For more information on America in Times of Conflict programs, call 480-782-2800, or visit chandlerlibrary.org/america-in-times-of-conflict.