Linfield students learn about Vietnam War by talking to people who survived it

Students Bridget Grant ’13, Morgan Christiansen ’13 and William McHenry ’13, and Professors Professor Patrick Cottrell and Michael Jones, were featured in a front-page Oregonian story about Cottrell’s month-long course in Vietnam.

Linfield students gained a more personal grasp of the war after interviewing veterans from both sides and visiting the country, said The Oregonian.

Nearly two decades before the Linfield students were even born, the Vietnam War had ended, closing a wrenching chapter of American history as distant from their reality as the draft.

But since fall, 12 students in Cottrell’s political science course have reached back in time and connected with survivors from both sides.

And they came away changed, Cottrell says.

The Institute of International Education ranked Linfield 21st among U.S. baccalaureate institutions for participation in study abroad, with 72 percent of all Linfield students studying abroad, for January Term, a semester or a year.
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