PBS' documentary film, "The Draft," premiered Monday, April 29th, and will continue to air in April. "The Draft" offers a brisk history of conscription in the United States, then focuses at length on the Vietnam era, when debates over the draft reached a fever pitch. Prof. Lair's interview was conducted last fall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
Professor Lair is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam.
Her second project addresses legacies of the Vietnam War, in particular how ideas about veteranhood have been constructed and changed over time. She also developed content and wrote the exhibit script for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation’s Vietnam Era Educational Center, the first permanent museum about the Vietnam War in the United States.
Prof. Lair's teaching interests include war and American society, post-1945 US social and cultural history, the Vietnam War, and historical methods. She also serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Master's program.
April 28, 2015