Two Days in October
On Monday, November 3, 2014, Two Days in October was screened as the third fall event of the Doyle Film & Culture Series. Joining us for the screening was Professor Katie Benton-Cohen (History), and her colleague, David Maraniss. Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote the book They Marched into Sunlight that this documentary is based on. In the film Two Days in October, we follow the story of two events in October of 1967—a U.S. battalion ambushed in Vietnam, and a student protest turned violent at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Benton-Cohen introduced the film, and its historical context. Following the screening, David Maraniss discussed how he got involved investigating the story of this U.S. Battalion and its soldiers during his time at The Washington Post, as well as how he weaved the protests at the University of Wisconsin into the narrative. Part of the discussion focused on how the details surrounding the ambush were intentionally suppressed for many years to make the Battle of Ong Thanh appear like a victory. Maraniss shared his experience as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin campus the year the protest took place, and then answered attendees’ questions about social justice, history, and journalism.
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