Dispatches from Vietnam: Stories of War and Peace
"Dispatches from Vietnam: Stories of War and Peace" will draw from the Ken Burns documentary, "The Vietnam War," to debut on PBS in September 2017. Much of our time in country will be devoted to understanding the American war, as it is known in Vietnam, from the point of view of the Vietnamese, and to finding and telling stories that help Americans better understand contemporary Vietnam.
The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017.
- Communication (COMM) 370: Feature Writing
- Communication (COMM) 374: Political Journalism
- History (HIST) 387: Topics in Global History
- Honors (HNRS) 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
EligibilityThis program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Double or triple occupancy in hotels.
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3287Included:
- Tuition (3 credits)
- Guided tours and field experiences
- Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
- In-country travel
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Travel Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Some meals/snacks
- Personal spending
|Day 1 Wed.Jan.3||Arrive Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 2 Thurs. Jan.4||Intro to South Vietnam/Meet USSH students/faculty, journalists|
|Day 3 Fri. Jan.5||Backpack Journalism/exercise with USSH students|
|Day 4 Sat. Jan.6||The War in Vietnam/War Remnants Museum|
|Day 5 Sun. Jan.7||First Impressions/Cu Chi Tunnels/Discussion|
|Day 6 Mon. Jan.8||The US perspective/U.S consulate|
|Day 7 Tues. Jan.9||Travel Day/Travel to Hue|
|Day 8 Wed. Jan.10||The DMZ/Quang Tri|
|Day 9 Thurs. Jan.11||The DMZ/Quang Tri/Project Renew|
|Day 10 Fri. Jan.12||Welcome to N. Vietnam/Travel to Hanoi|
|Day 11 Sat. Jan.13||The War from Hanoi POV/Hoa Lo/Kiem|
|Day 12 Sun. Jan.14||Understanding Vietnamese culture/Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum|
|Day 13 Mon. Jan.15||Vietnam Today/Joint project with AJC|
|Day 14 Tues. Jan.16||Writing Day|
|Day 15 Wed. Jan.17||Depart HCMC/Debrief|
|Day 16 Thurs. Jan.18||Farewell and Departure for United States|
Program OfficerDenise Elles-Mdahuar
Academic DirectorsMary Beth Marklein
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter Break||2018||10/08/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/03/2018||01/16/2018|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.