Veteran to Discuss Humanitarian Efforts in Vietnam

May 20, 2016 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A Vietnam veteran who has been instrumental in building schools, clinics and peace parks in that country will be a guest speaker May 25 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Mike Boehm of Madison Quakers, Inc., will present “Hands in the Rice Paddy: 20 Years of Humanitarian Work in Vietnam” at 10 a.m. Wednesday in The Ames Library’s Beckman Auditorium. His lecture, which will be followed by a question and answer session, is free and open to the public.          

Boehm’s work with the Madison Quakers in Vietnam has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker and The Veteran. Boehm served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. In the early 1990s he initiated projects of helping people in Vietnam, particularly in the area of the 1968 My Lai massacre, to build reconciliation between people of the United States and Vietnam.

Boehm’s presentation is being held in conjunction with the May Term course “The Vietnam Wars” taught by Professor of East Asian History Thomas Lutze, and sponsored by the Department of History and the Asian Studies program.