President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History, Dartmouth College
East Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union — 2nd, Floor, UC Berkeley Campus
About The Lecture
James Wright will describe some of the changing assumptions and attitudes that frame the history of veterans affairs in the United States. He will discuss some of the issues faced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and reflect upon some changes in the popular view of these veterans as compared to the public attitude in the 1960s and 1970s regarding the Vietnam war veterans.
About James Wright
President Wright is recognized not only for his important scholarly writings to the field of American political history, but also for his many contributions to the welfare of American war veterans. In 2005, Wright began a series of visits to U.S. military medical facilities in Washington, D.C., where he met marines and other U.S. military personnel who had been wounded in the course of service in Iraq and Afghanistan. (He had himself enlisted in the Marine Corps for three years when he was seventeen years old. He was discharged at the rank of Lance-Corporal.) In 19 visits over four years, he has encouraged the injured servicemen and women to continue their education.