The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School will hold a public panel discussion on "Waging Peace in Vietnam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War" in connection with an exhibit by the same name on display at the school through Feb. 15.
The panelists at the discussion will be:
- John Blaban, professor emeritus at N.C. State University, award-winning poet, and translator. He was a conscientious objector who served and was wounded in Vietnam while working at a children's hospital that was bombed during the Tet Offensive in 1968;
- David Cortright, director of Policy and the Peace Accords Matrix, University of Notre Dame's Kroc Center for International Peace Studies. He is the author or editor of 20 books including Waging Peace in Vietnam;
- Greg Payton, a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967-69, and a member and spokesperson for Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Black Veterans for Social Justice;
- Douglas Ryder, a U.S. Navy veteran who was stationed aboard a ship off the coast of Vietnam in 1967 and participated in seven amphibious assault operations. He is president of the Eisenhower Chapter 157 of Veterans for Peace and a member of N.C. Peace Action. His ship was listed by the U.S. government as having been exposed to Agent Orange;
- Susan Schnall, a lieutnenant in the U.S. Navy when she led hundreds of active duty soliders and sailors in an antiwar march in San Francisco in October 1968. She is president of the NYC chapter of Veterans for Peace, a professor of healthcare management at New York University, and organizer of panels on Agent Orange at the American Public Health Association's annual meetings; and
- Nicholas Harrelson, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a wounded combat verteran, is a student at Duke Divinity School studying to become an Army chaplain. Prior to coming to Duke, he served as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Mark Warner.