Called to Serve
Tom Weiner – retired schoolteacher
Draftees’ Stories from the Vietnam War
Friday, February 24, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst
The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but its effects are still being felt. Tom Weiner, recently retired after teaching for 40 years at the Smith College Campus School, will talk about his book, CALLED TO SERVE: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft. He interviewed 62 people around Pioneer Valley who shared with him their decisions about how they responded to the draft and the circumstances and back stories behind the choices they made. It is the only book that features all of the possible choices from serving to resisting, from leaving the country to being a conscientious objector to “beating the draft” with a high lottery number or a variety of other methods. It contains 32 stories including 4 from women in a chapter entitled “Those Who Loved, Counseled and Supported”.
The book was subsequently adapted into the play, “The Draft”, by prize-winning playwright, Peter Snoad. It premiered in Boston and was performed at the Academy of Music in September 2015 Tom’s dual purpose in writing the book was to preserve these gripping, emotional stories and to aid in the healing process that still is taking place 40 years after the fall of Saigon.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.