HATTIESBURG - The
University of Southern Mississippi's award-winning Vietnam Studies
Program recently received notable coverage in a national publication.
The Nov. 7, 2004, issue of Washington Post Magazine
references the story prominently on the cover of its annual educational
review under the headline "Lessons Far From Home." The
article, written by 2002 program alumna Ylan Q. Mui, includes perspectives
from students, faculty and veterans who participated in the study-abroad
program this past summer.
Established five years ago, the unique three-week
course brings students and veterans together to examine the Vietnam
War on the very terrain where the battles were waged.
"The focus of the program is on the war and its
many legacies," said Dr. Brian O'Neil, a Southern Miss history
professor who leads the program under the auspices of the Southern
Miss Center for International and Continuing Education. "We
believe the course offers participating students a chance to learn
about an event that had a profound impact on our nation's society
and its politics, while at the same time learning about a foreign
culture and expanding their academic experience beyond the classroom.
The program has also helped the healing process for some of the
veterans who have participated."
The Washington Post Magazine article, titled "Not
Someone Else's War," includes the perspective of Southern Miss
medical technology major Michelle Heard, whose husband, Vincent
Clay, has just been deployed to Iraq with his Army National Guard
unit. While learning about the Vietnam War from firsthand accounts
of American veterans John Young of Picayune and retired Maj. Gen.
Ben Harrison of Belton, Texas, Heard constantly had thoughts of
the current war in Iraq on her mind.
"This (article) is confirmation that we have
a quality program that is making an impact on students not only
by expanding their academic experience at Southern Miss but their
global perspective, and people all over the country and world are
taking notice," said Susan Steen, director of the Southern
Miss Center for International and Continuing Education.
For more information on the Vietnam Studies Program,
contact the CICE at (601) 266-4344 or Dr. Brian O'Neil at (601)