Waging peace in Vietnam: Protest movements and social change

Thursday, November 11, 2021

7:30 p.m. PT

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN)

In conjunction with Waging Peace in Vietnam: An Exhibition of Protest Movements and Social Change, which showcases photographs, oral histories, and archival documents from the book Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War, this vital panel discussion will explore GI resistance in Vietnam and later conflicts.


  • David Cortright enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968. He spoke out publicly against the Vietnam War as part of the GI peace movement and filed a federal court lawsuit against the Army over the First Amendment rights of soldiers in 1970.  Cortright has taught peace studies at the University of Notre Dame for 30 years and is now Professor Emeritus. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War, published initially in 1975, and Waging Peace in Vietnam: Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War, with Ron Carver and Barbara Doherty in 2019. 
  • James “JJ” Johnson was a member of the Fort Hood Three—the first soldiers to publicly refuse to serve in Vietnam. For their refusal in 1966, the three—African American, Latino, and white—each served 28 months in the Ft. Leavenworth army prison. Johnson later worked as a labor journalist and communications official for several major unions in New York.
  • Dana Moss (moderator),University of Notre Dame assistant professor of sociology, researches how authoritarian forces repress their critics and how collective actors resist this repression in a globalized world. From 2016 to 2020, Dana was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded the 2020 Tina and David Bellet Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Susan Schnall was a Navy nurse who led the GI antiwar march in San Francisco in October 1968. She is an assistant adjunct professor at NYU School of Professional Studies and the president of the New York City Veterans For Peace. She has organized scientific panels about Agent Orange at American Public Health Association annual meetings.
  • William Short is an educator and photographer based in Los Angeles. In 1992, with his wife, journalist Willa Seidenberg, he published A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War, containing oral histories of veterans who turned against the Vietnam War and his portraits of them. A number of Short’s photographs are included in the book Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.
  • Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC Annenberg. She is a national authority on religion, politics, and the news media as well as religion and the entertainment media. As a journalist and scholar, Winston’s current research interests are media coverage of Islam, religion and new media, and the place of religion in American identity.