Guest Speaker Series Kicks Off With Expert on Vietnamese Culture

The School of Communications presents “Best Frenemies: Waging Peace with Vietnam.” Hear Carol Wilder speak about the people, the culture, and the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Her presentation is on Thursday, February 13 beginning at noon. It is in Room 101 of the Sverdrup Complex, 8300 Big Bend Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, 63119.Carol Wilder Wilder is the first Webster University School of Communications Guest Speaker in the 2014 Series.

“Frenemies: Waging Peace with Vietnam,” is a study of media and cultural artifacts told through the stories of eight people who survived the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Wilder released this material in her latest book, “Crossing the Street in Hanoi: Teaching and Learning About Vietnam.”

Using memoir, history, and criticism, “Crossing the Street in Hanoi” is based on scholarly research, teaching, and writing as well as extensive personal journals, interviews, and exclusive primary source material. Each chapter uses a human story to frame an exploration in media and cultural criticism. What weaves these different threads into a whole cloth are the stories of the Vietnam War and the long shadow it casts over American and Vietnamese cultures.Crossing the Street in Hanoi cover

Wilder is an author, scholar, and filmmaker. She is also a professor of media studies at The New School in New York. She has traveled to Vietnam nine times. In 2007and 2008, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Hanoi University. During this time, she traveled throughout Vietnam and lectured extensively on media education for the 21st century.

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