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Exhibition highlighting Kansas responses to Vietnam War opens Sept. 14 in Haricombe Gallery

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery in September. “Resist and respect: Kansans respond to the Vietnam War” highlights a variety of the imagery, scholarship, and memorials generated throughout the state during and after the Vietnam War.

“It is a particular honor for KU Libraries to showcase Kansas scholarship and creative work related to the Vietnam War,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator. “This exhibition brings together a chorus of voices heard across the state during, and since, the Vietnam War.”

During the Vietnam War, protests took place across the state of Kansas. After, Kansans were some of the first to pay tribute. The exhibit is a transdisciplinary and multicultural showcase of creative work from state, community and university scholars.

“The title of this exhibit, “Resist and Respect”, nicely captures the ambiguous feelings that the Vietnam conflict continues to provoke today,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “KU libraries are proud of the partnerships that allow us to present a small sampling of the diverse reactions to the war, through the eyes of students, veterans and ordinary citizens of Kansas.”

The opening reception, held in Watson Library Third Floor West on September 14, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a presentation, “In loco parentis: Student civil rights in the Vietnam Era” by Dr. David Ambler, KU vice chancellor emeritus for Student Affairs. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Jennifer Muse by September 11 at 785-864-8961 or

The exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery in Watson Library will be open to the public through January 12, 2018.

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