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The Brattleboro Historical Society and Vermont PBS will present a screening of the film ‘The Last Days in Vietnam’.

April 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Date & Time:
Apr 2 2015 – 6:00pm9:00pm
April marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.  The screening will include a panel discussion.  The panel will include: Alan Carter of the United States Information Agency in Vietnam; Julia Forsythe a nurse in Vietnam at the end of the war; Dr. Arthur Westing, scientist who studied the impact of chemical agents on the people and environment in Vietnam.

The event is free and open to the public.  If you want to reserve a seat, email – billholiday92@gmail.com

The Evening’s Speakers:


Save The Children (Acting Chief of Staff; Acting Director of Communications) Lyon Travel (International Program Design and Development for Elderhostel) US. Information Agency CIEE

PAX (Program of Academic Exchange, Inc.)

Senior Advisor to the President, Experiment in International Living (World Learning)

American Association for UNICEF

Center for American Studies, Concord, MA

Lyon Travel Agency (International Program Development) Brattleboro, VT

Former Acting President, World Learning

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, World Learning

Vice-President, International Programs, World Learning

Providing executive direction to three departments managing citizens exchange, language and cross-cultural orientation programs

United States Information Agency, Washington, DC

Appointed Career Minister by the President, 1978

Director. East Asian and Pacific Affairs, overseeing programs in 15 East Asian and Pacific countries

Deputv Associate Director. Programs, providing executive direction to USIA Films, Press and Publications and Exhibits, Policy 1976-1979 Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs. Saigon, Vietnam 1974-75 Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs. Tokyo, Japan, Public Affairs Advisor to the Embassy, Director of US IS operations in Japan, 1970-1974

Director. USIA. Near East. South Asia, 1965-1970 Director. USIA Television Service. 1963-1964



World Learning’s Experiment Citation, 1994

Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, 1977 USIA Distinguished Service Award, 1976 Presidential Citation, 1975

Pennsylvania Meritorious Award, 1975 USIA Meritorious Award, 1963


Radio and Television – including:

Program Director, WNYC, New York City

Staff Producer/Director WNBC, New York City

Field Consultant for Citizens Committee for Educational Television


Lt. Og) US Navy, Submarine Chasers, Europe & Pacific

1939-43, 1945

University of Michigan, BA (Political Science, Broadcasting)


Board of Trustees,





Westing’s undergraduate training was in botany (Columbia, AB, 1950).  After two years in the United States Marine Corps (serving as an artillery officer in the Korean War) he became a forest ecologist (Yale, MF, 1954; PhD, 1959).  He has been a Research Forester with the United States Forest Service, has taught forestry, ecology, and conservation at various colleges and universities, was Chairman of the Science Division at Windham College, Dean of Natural Science at Hampshire College, has twice been a Research Fellow at Harvard (Bullard, Guggenheim), and has been a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) as well as the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  For eight years he directed the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) project on ‘Peace, Security, & the Environment’, a position which took him to many countries throughout the world; and is the author of numerous articles and several books in that subject area.

Westing has been on the faculty of the European Peace University, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, Vice-President of the International Society of Naturalists (INSONA), and also a member of or advisor to a number of other international environmental nongovernmental organizations and scholarly journals.  He has served on the Board of the Korean DMZ Forum, and is a member of the Korean DMZ Commission of the International Crane Foundation.  Beginning during his tenure at Windham College, Westing made seven investigative trips to Indochina of several weeks each between 1969 and 1983 to study the environmental impact of the Viet Nam Conflict.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate (DSc, Windham, 1973) and medals from the New York Academy of Sciences (1983) and Government of Bulgaria (1984); he was named a ‘Peace Messenger’ (together with four international colleagues) by the United Nations Secretary-General (1987), and he is one of the 500 individuals worldwide to have been appointed to the United Nations ‘Global 500 Roll of Honour’ (1990).  Westing has been a Consultant in Environmental Security since 1990, variously to the World Bank, UNEP, UNIDIR, and UNESCO, to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to the International Organization for Migration (IMO), the Government of Eritrea, and to several other national and international agencies.  His retrospective has been published in two volumes as (1) Arthur H. Westing:  Pioneer on the Environmental Impact of War, and (2) From Environmental to Comprehensive Security (Berlin:  Springer, 2013).


Brattleboro Union High School Multipurpose Room


April 2, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Brattleboro Union High School Multipurpose Room
131 Fairground Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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