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Anthropology Colloquium Series: Sarah Wagner

Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War

6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Platte River Room South
Additional Info: NU
Heather Richards-Rissetto,
Dr. Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University discusses her new book, What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War, Harvard University Press (2019).

For many families the Vietnam War remains unsettled. Nearly 1,600 Americans and more than 300,000 Vietnamese involved in the conflict are still unaccounted for. In What Remains, Sarah E. Wagner tells the stories of America’s missing service members and the families and communities that continue to search for them. From the scientists who work to identify the dead using bits of bone unearthed in Vietnamese jungles to the relatives who press government officials to find the remains of their loved ones, Wagner introduces us to the men and women who seek to bring the missing back home. Through their experiences she examines the ongoing toll of America’s most fraught war.

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