Monday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.
The Big Read Ephrata Launch | Featuring Tom Ridge
Ephrata Business Center, 400 West Main Street, Ephrata
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The Honorable Tom Ridge is the president and CEO of Ridge Global LLC. As the company's chief executive, he leads a team of international experts who help businesses and governments meet a range of strategic and operational needs, including risk management and global trade security, strategic business generation, technology integration, event security, crisis management, campus security and other issues that encompass a diverse portfolio. The author of The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege - And How We Can Be Safe Again (September 2009), Ridge’s domestic and foreign policy credentials yield a unique insight into addressing the inextricable link between security and prosperity, and its positive effect in stabilizing regions around the world.

Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Ridge became the first assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, he became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During his tenure, Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Ridge served as secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005.

Before the events of September 11th, Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Ridge's aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.

Born August 26, 1945, Ridge earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Ridge regularly addresses audiences throughout the world on issues such as security, terrorism, global engagement, leadership, technology and more. Additionally, he serves on public and private boards, including the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and is currently the chairman of the National Organization on Disability and national co-chairman of the Flight 93 MemorialFundraising Campaign.
Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.
Titus Peachey Reaching for Peace: The Story of a Conscientious Objector in Vietnam
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Titus Peachey will describe his own experience as a conscientious objector in Vietnam during the war, using journal entries and excerpts from letters home to document what became a powerful life-shaping period in his life. Mr. Peachey is the Director of Peace Education for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. in Akron, PA. He served 3 years in Vietnam as a conscientious objector from 1970-1973. During that time he taught English classes to high school and university students in Saigon. He also spent several months working in a tribal village in the Central Highlands near the end of his time there. He traveled extensively throughout the country and learned to speak Vietnamese. While in Vietnam he served under the auspices of Eastern Mennonite Missions. From 1980-1985,Titus and his wife Linda worked as country directors for MCC's program in Laos, which was heavily bombed by the U.S. during the Vietnam War period.
Wednesday, September 15, 6 p.m.
Big Read Book Discussion
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read book, Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."
Saturday, September 18, 1 p.m.
Vietnam War Film Festival: Screening of "Good Morning, Vietnam"
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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A new disc jockey is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. He turns the studio on it's ear and becomes wildly popular with the troops but runs afoul of the middle management who think he isn't G.I. enough. While he is off the air, he tries to meet Vietnamese especially girls, and begins to have brushes with the real war that never appears on the radio.
Monday, September 20, 6 p.m.
Screening of the Documentary "The Camden 28" by Anthony Giacchino
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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How far would you go to stop a war? "The Camden 28" recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by "Catholic Left" activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. "The Camden 28" reveals the story behind the arrests — a provocative tale of government intrigue and personal betrayal — and the ensuing legal battle, which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called "one of the great trials of the 20th century." Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today.
Tuesday, September 21, 6 p.m.
Vietnam Veteran Panel Book Discussion
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Join local Vietnam veterans for a panel book discussion about "The Things They Carried"
Thursday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
H. Bruce Franklin, Ph.D. The Antiwar Movement We're Not Supposed to Know About
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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The true history of the movement against America's war in Vietnam is crucial to understand the history of that war itself. It would also help us finding a way out of our current endless wars. But our society's memory of the antiwar movement today consists mainly of fantasies, myths, and falsification. Above all we need to unearth the crucial roles of veterans and active duty servicepeople in leading that movement and ending the war.

One of America's leading cultural historians, H. Bruce Franklin is the author or editor of nineteen books and more than 300 articles on culture and history published in more than a hundred major magazines and newspapers, academic journals, and reference works. He has given over five hundred addresses on college campuses, on radio and TV shows, and at academic conferences, museums, and libraries, and he has participated in making four films. He has taught at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, and Yale and currently is the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark. Before becoming an academic, Franklin worked in factories, was a tugboat mate and deckhand, and flew for three years in the United States Air Force as a Strategic Air Command navigator and intelligence officer.

Franklin has published continually on the history and literature of the Vietnam War since 1966, when he became widely known for his activist opposition to the war. His pioneering course on the war and his book "M.I.A. Or Mythmaking in America" have had a major national impact, and he is co-editor of the widely-adopted history text "Vietnam and America: A Documented History." "Vietnam and Other American Fantasies" offers a sweeping vision of American culture into the 21st century.
Saturday, September 25, 1 p.m.
Vietnam War Film Festival: Screening of "Forrest Gump"
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he's too stupid to realize the significance of his actions. Forrest becomes representative of the baby boomer generation having walked through life blindly.
Monday, September 27, 6 p.m.
Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck (Retired), DO A Battalion Surgeon Remembers…
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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An Ephrata native, Dr. Blanck began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He retired 32 years later as a Lieutenant General and Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command -- with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world. In his talk, Dr. Blanck will I would discuss some of the day to day activities in an artillery battalion and compare some of the medical practices then and now.

During his distinguished military career, Dr. Blanck also served as commander of Walter Reed Medical Center North Atlantic Region Medical Command and director of professional services and chief of Medical Corps Affairs for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Other assignments included assistant chief of the General Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed, assistant dean of student affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. His academic credentials include teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University School of Medicine, The Uniformed Services University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Dr. Blanck’s military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals. Dr. Blanck continues to be consulted as an advisor on bioterrorism issues and an expert in preparing the medical community to respond to mass casualty incidents or those involving weapons of mass destruction. In addition to his many speaking engagements and advisory positions, he now chaired task forces on bioterrorism for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.
Tuesday, September 28, 6 p.m.
Big Read Book Discussion
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read book, Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."
Wednesday, September 29, 6 p.m.
Screening of the Documentary "The Betrayal" by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Filmed over 23 years, "The Betrayal" is the Academy Award-nominated directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a unique collaboration with the film's subject and co-director, Thavisouk ("Thavi") Phrasavath. After the U.S. government waged a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, Thavi's father and thousands of other Laotians who had fought alongside American forces were abandoned and left to face imprisonment or execution. Hoping to find safety, Thavi's family made a harrowing escape to America, where they discovered a different kind of war. Weaving ancient prophecy with personal testimony and stunning imagery, "The Betrayal" is a story of survival and the resilient bonds of family. A Diverse Voices Project co-production with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); funded in part by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). An Official Selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Saturday, October 2, 1 p.m.
Vietnam War Film Festival: Screening of "Coming Home"
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the United States Army. He is sent over to Vietnam, and Sally is alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran's hospital, where she meets Luke, who went to high school with Sally. Luke was wounded and is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. When Sally begins to fall in love with Luke, she has to make a crucial decision about her life.
Monday, October 4, 6 p.m.
Screening of the Documentary "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events in POV’s "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers."
Tuesday, October 5, 12 noon
Big Read Book Discussion
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read book, Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."
Tuesday, October 5, 5-8 p.m.
Drop-In Card Making for Soldiers
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Drop in at the library lobby and make a card for a soldier currently serving overseas in a branch of the United States military.