Remembering the Vietnam War course at Chautauqua in July

VVA life member Ira Cooperman once again this year will be teaching the “Remembering the Vietnam War” course at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Cooperman, who served as a USAF intelligence officer in Vietnam and Thailand in 1965-66, developed the course last year with Bob Hopper, a former Foreign Service Officer.

The course is part of Chautauqua’s Special Studies program of weekly classes, and will be held from July 27-31 from 9:00–10:15 a.m. Cooperman and Hopper will examine the history, impact and consequences of America’s involvement in Vietnam and Southeast Asia from 1955-75 through personal experiences, literature and films.

During once class last summer the instructors and students discussed Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried . This summer they will be discussing one of Philip Caputo’s works. You can read the entire course description at the Special Studies page .

“If any VVA member is interested in registering for this summer’s course, I’d be pleased to help them through the process, ” Cooperman told us. Email him at

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