On Thursday, May 31, Hoover Library & Archives marked the opening of the exhibition We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam with a panel discussion about Vietnam War-era politics and journalism. The panelists included author Mai Elliott, featured in PBS’s recent documentary The Vietnam War; US Army veteran Phil Gioia, also featured in PBS’s The Vietnam War; and Cynthia Copple, war correspondent with Overseas Weekly in South Vietnam during the war. The panel was moderated by Fred Turner from Stanford’s Department of Communications and the audience will enjoy introductory remarks by Hoover fellow Admiral James Ellis, who served as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam, runs through December 8, 2018 at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion. Exploring the interrelationships between art, journalism, and politics, the exhibition features photographs submitted to the Overseas Weekly’s Pacific edition–a military tabloid at once beloved by troops and reviled by the Pentagon for its controversial content. The rare photographs—spanning 1966 to 1972—emerge from a vast collection of 20,000 film negatives acquired by the Hoover Archives in 2014. A publication featuring select essays by the Overseas Weekly reporters and photographs from the collection will be published by Hoover Press in Summer 2018.
The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday–Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, next to Hoover Tower, on the Stanford University campus. Parking on campus is free on Saturdays. For directions and parking, click here.
Watch the Panel Discussion Below: