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April 2010 – 35th Anniversary of the End to the U.S. War in Vietnam…

Hearts & Minds

Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Free Film Series – April 2, 7p.m., Hearts & Minds

Special Showing of the Classic Anti-War Documentary


April 2, 7 p.m. – Hearts & Minds (1974, 112 min., Rated R for war violence, language, and brief nudity), the restored version of the classic film about the U.S. war in Vietnam and 1974 Best Documentary Oscar winner will be shown on the large screen at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, in Springfield, Delaware County.

April 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war. Directed by Peter Davis, using his own war footage, newsreels, presidential speeches and interviews with the likes of Robert Kennedy, Gen. William Westmoreland and Daniel Ellsberg, Hearts & Minds is about a time of war that defined a generation and an arrogant belief in the rightness of U.S. action around the world that reverberates throughout our times.

Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9-11, Sicko) credits Hearts & Minds with his becoming a film maker, saying that the film is “Required viewing for anyone who says, ‘I am an American.’”

The First-Friday free film showings at the Peace Center of Delaware County are cosponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Doors open for light refreshments at 6:30p.m.

The showing of Hearts & Minds will be followed by an an after-film discussion with Dr. Sophie Quinn-Judge, who was an medical aid worker in Vietnam during the war. Quinn-Judge is director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, and is just back from an extended visit to Vietnam.

The Peace Center of Delaware County is located within the Springfield Friends Meetinghouse, just off the corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads, behind the Mr. Car Wash.

For directions or more information, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 610-544-1818.


April 2010 marks the 35th Anniversary of the end to the U.S. war in Vietnam. What are the lessons and legacy of America’s longest war?

Sunday, April 11, The Legacy of Vietnam Today

will be the topic of a speakers panel at the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper and Program held at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, beginning at 4:30p.m.

People are asked to bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share.

The speakers panel will feature:

* David McReynolds, renowned socialist-pacifist and presidential candidate, who co-authored the first analysis from the U.S. peace movement calling for unconditional U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. McReynolds was the national staff organizer at War Resisters League for 40 years and a leading strategist and organizer of the Vietnam-era anti-war movement. In 1966, at the height of the war, he traveled to Vietnam, meeting with dissident Buddhists, and then again in 1971. After the war, in 1981, he traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia.

* Dr. Sophie Quinn-Judge, who during the war was a medical aid worker in Vietnam, is now Associate Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University. Just back from another extended visit to Vietnam and fluent in Vietnamese, Dr. Quinn-Judge has received international recognition for her scholarly work on Vietnam, including her highly-regarded book, Ho Chi Minh: The Missing Years (1919-1941).

* Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Advocacy Program for Afghanistan and Iraq, has traveled throughout the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information, call 610 -544-1818 or visit www.brandywinepeace.com