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Literature of the Vietnam War

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11/9/2011 5:23 PM

Nov. 9, 2011

University of New Haven: Steven Kaplan, events Steven H. Kaplan

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan will present a lecture, “Literature of the Vietnam War,” on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the upper level of the Marvin K. Peterson Library on the UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

The talk is part of a semester-long series sponsored by the Friends of the UNH Library.

The American experience in Vietnam generated some of the most compelling war literature of the 20th Century.  Authors who wrote about the war grappled with how to depict and make sense of one of the most controversial and – for many – surreal political and military endeavors in American history.  In the process, they provided profound and sensitive insights into the war and the experience of those who fought it.

Before becoming president of UNH in 2004, Kaplan was chancellor and professor of English at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He began his teaching career in 1982 as an instructor of English at the University of Maryland, European Division. From 1985-1989, he served as visiting lecturer in American Studies at Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany – one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe.

Kaplan, who also served as dean of Arts and Humanities at State University of New York College at Buffalo and as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from Eberhard-Karls Universität and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

He is the author of books on American translations of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and Tim O'Brien's fiction, as well as an anthology of international war stories. He also has written a number of scholarly essays.

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