Vietnam Studies Program
2003 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad
Nomination submitted by: Lisa Carpenter, Assistant to the Dean, College of International and Continuing Education and Dr. Andrew Wiest, Associate Professor of History and Director, Vietnam Studies Program
The Vietnam Studies program is a unique program that takes students and veterans to Vietnam to reevaluate and gain a fuller understanding of the conflict. Lectures are given by both American and Vietnamese scholars. Many of the veterans who participate as "resource personnel" suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the Veterans Administration psychologists who treat these veterans, their integration into the Vietnam Studies Program has been quite therapeutic. As a result of the Vietnam Studies Program, USM has established a working relationship with Hue University, with the goal of developing student and faculty exchanges.