The Vietnam War was one of the longest, most divisive and controversial wars in the history of the United States. Although many remember that era of violence and protest, the long history preceding the U.S. involvement in a war in Indo-China may not be known.
To help students understand that history, Fe University presents “The Background to the Vietnam War” with Hurley history teacher, Chris Kelly. The course will be held for five Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 430 of the Hurley School, 5503 W Range View Dr., Hurley.
In the five sessions the class will explore the international role in creating the unique history of Indo-China and the developing interaction between Vietnam and the United States beginning with the colonial era. The class will offer insights into the desires and goals of the different stakeholders in this region of the world and how those differing philosophies culminated in the Vietnam War, America’s longest War. It will not cover the actual war experience.
This will be the fifth Fe University class taught by Kelly. He previously taught a “History of the Civil Rights Movement,” the “Holocaust Examined,” and the “Causes of the American Civil War and the Story of Reconstruction.” He has been a history teacher in the Hurley School district for the past 33 years, holds a master’s degree in educational administration and has attended numerous seminars, graduate classes and workshops on U.S. history.
The fee for this course is $40 with $5 early bird discount if registration is received by Feb. 5. Scholarships are available. There will be no charge for Vietnam veterans, but they must register. Registration forms may be picked up at the Mercer Library or the Iron County UW Extension Office in the courthouse or downloaded from the website, www.feuniversity.org. Completed forms may be dropped off at those locations or mailed to Fe University, P.O. Box 63, Hurley, WI 54534. Register soon as space is limited.
Fe University is a non-accredited, non-profit “college” for seniors open to anyone over 18. Since 2014, FeU has offered 65 classes at various locations throughout Iron County. Other classes offered this winter include “Repairing the Harm: The Root of Restorative Justice;” “Cross Country Ski Instruction;” “The Making — and Unmaking — of the United Kingdom: 1283-present,” and “The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the U.S.” Coming this spring Fe U will be offering classes at Lac du Flambeau as a result of an informal partnership with the Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center board of directors.