I wrote one chapter and co-authored another in a new history of my own Drexel University. Temple University Press published Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016 in November. My chapter is “Drexel’s Vietnam War,” which is about how the university community experienced the war. I also co-authored “Continuous Reinvention: A History of Engineering Education at Drexel University.”
This was a fun project. I got to poor over old pictures, documents, and student newspapers from the institution I spend so much time at. They were full of surprises.
Here’s one take away from “Drexel’s Vietnam War:” Why didn’t Drexel unite behind the US government to support the Vietnam War, the way it did for World Wars I and II? Because the US government didn’t ask it to.
Update: See my lecture on “Drexel’s Vietnam War” here.