Ken Burns
Ken Burns, co-director of The Vietnam War, has been making documentary films for almost 40 years.  Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; and Jackie Robinson.

Lynn Novick
Lynn Novick, co-director of The Vietnam War, is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For nearly 30 years, she has been producing and directing films about American history and culture, among them some of the most acclaimed and top-rated documentaries to have aired on PBS. Her films include Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War.

Admiral Mike Mullen
Admiral Mike Mullen is a retired United States Navy admiral, who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces) from October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2011. Mullen previously served as the Navy's 28th Chief of Naval Operations. He was appointed to four different four-star assignments including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Mullen is now a Professor at Princeton University.

General Barry McCaffrey
General Barry McCaffrey is a former United States Army officer, news commentator and business consultant. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in Vietnam, two Silver Stars for valor, and two Distinguished Service Crosses.  He served as an adjunct professor at U.S. Military Academy and its Bradley Professor of International Security Studies from 2001 to 2008. He is currently a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC as well as president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates.

Evan Thomas, Moderator
Evan Thomas is an American journalist, historian, and author. He is the author of nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers.

In anticipation of the September 17th PBS national premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC  is partnering with the The Better Angels Society to bring to you a one-hour Courageous  Conversations live panel event “Foreign Policy and the Legacy of Vietnam” with  Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,  Admiral Michael Mullen and General Barry McCaffrey, moderated by award-winning journalist and author, Evan Thomas. Panelists will be reflecting on their first-hand experiences in the war. Students from the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis will participate via live stream.


  • Hear insights gained from Vietnam experience from our nation’s highest-ranking military officials. This will complement the viewing experience of The Vietnam War for students of all ages.

  • Participate in the Facebook Live forum to engage in dialogue with students from across the country.

  • View exclusive advance clips from The Vietnam War series, which airs on September 17th at 8/7c. 

WHERE: Sign up below for live stream link and tool kit.

WHEN: September 12th at 11am EST.


  • US NAVAL ACADEMY at Annapolis 

  • US MILITARY ACADEMY at West Point 



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Who is The Better Angels Society?

The Better Angels Society supports documentary films by Ken Burns and is dedicated to continuing his legacy. Our mission is to ensure these historically significant films are completed, broadcast, promoted, and shared in ways that reach and inform as many people as possible through robust educational outreach. The Society is currently raising funds for films in production through 2020 and for an ambitious new ten-year plan. 


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