Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Vietnam War: Beyond Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Documentary


The Vietnam War: Beyond Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Documentary

| Center for the Study of America and the West

About the Event

We are pleased to host a panel of Vietnam veterans to discuss the significance of the Vietnam War, both personally and for America’s place in the world. The panelists will reflect on their own experience in the war and how it shaped their post-war understandings of American politics and foreign policy. They will also add insights on Burns and Novick’s recent PBS documentary about the war and highlight lessons that Americans should have learned from this consequential period in U.S. history.

Panelists (all veterans of the Vietnam War):

Michael Novakovic, Businessman
Alvan (Cappy) Markle, Attorney
Ray Tobey, Physician
Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian
Mackubin T. Owens, Political scientist and military strategist; Editor, Orbis



123 S. Broad St, Suite 1920
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19109


Free and open to the public. Advance registration required. 

Register for this event. 

Reception immediately following for Fellows Members ($1,000) of FPRI. 

For more information, contact Rachel Hemler at or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112.


Walter A. McDougall

Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mackubin Thomas Owens

Mackubin Thomas Owens - Mackubin (Mac) T. Owens is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Michael M. Novakovic - Michael M. Novakovic was born in Yugoslavia but his family left under duress. He eventually came to the United States, where he attended Syracuse University and joined ROTC.  He served with the US Ai...