The Missing Soldiers of the Vietnam War: Conversations with Sarah Wagner

Thursday, November 12th 1 p.m. via Crowdcast

About the Event

Nearly 1,600 Americans who fought in the Vietnam War are still missing and have been presumed dead. Join author Sarah Wagner as she discusses her newest book, What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War, centered around families and friends who still mourn their missing family and continue searching for them today. With the help of modern forensic science, Wagner is able to piece together parts of the Vietnam War that had remained untouched for years, and bring closure to some of the families that have lost so much. Wagner will be in conversation with Terry Irving, the editor of On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam. Wagner is a professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. Sponsored by George Mason’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Sarah Wagner

About Sarah Wagner

Sarah Wagner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. She is the author of To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing (University of California Press, 2008) and co-author with Lara J. Nettelfield of Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of Humanities, her most recent book, What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War (Harvard University Press, 2019), extends her research on post-conflict societies, memory, national identity, and forensic science applied in the wake of war. It is the winner of the 2020 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing.

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