PBS Documentary Producer Headlines Vietnam Symposium at the National Infantry Museum

Jan 11, 2018

For Immediate Release


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Cyndy Cerbin

Director of Communications




PBS Documentary Producer Headlines Vietnam Symposium at the National Infantry Museum


Lynn Novick joins panel of distinguished veterans and scholars to explore lingering issues



Columbus, Georgia – January 11, 2018:  The public is invited to a day-long symposium at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center exploring still-debated issues surrounding the Vietnam War. Vietnam: Lessons and Legacies will be held Saturday, January 27, from 9am to 4pm at the museum.

     Lynn Novick, co-director with Ken Burns on the PBS documentary The Vietnam War, will headline a panel of distinguished veterans, scholars and experts, listed below. The day will consist of general sessions in the morning and afternoon, with three breakout sessions in-between allowing for deeper exploration and greater interaction. Titles of the breakout sessions include Lessons: Learned, Ignored, Forgotten and Not Learned at All; Media Might: Then and Now; and From Conscription to All-Volunteer and Back Again?

     The event, sponsored by Westway Development Group, is free and includes lunch and a light closing reception with cash bar. Completion of a brief questionnaire is required to secure a reservation. Information gathered from the questionnaires will help guide discussion during the symposium. To register, or call Emily Shepherd at 706-653-9234 or email her at Seating is limited.


Speakers and panelists include:


Lynn Novick 

Co-Director, The Vietnam War


Dr. Hal Kushner

Vietnam POW


Jim Sterba

Vietnam War Correspondent for the New York Times


MG Malcom Frost  

Commanding General, Army Center for Initial Military Training


Dr. Erik Villard 

Vietnam Expert for the U.S. Army Center of Military History


Jim Balkcom   

Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and Vietnam Veteran


BG (Ret) Peter Jones, Retired Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School


COL (Ret) Greg Camp, Vietnam Veteran


Rich McDowell, Retired Fort Benning Chief of Public Affairs


Ben Garrett, Maneuver Center of Excellence Chief of Public Affairs






The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. Voted the #1 Free Museum in America in the 2016 USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Plaza, combat simulators, a full-service restaurant and a Giant Screen Theater. For more information, visit