Prepare your library for the biggest documentary film event coming to PBS this fall.
"The Vietnam War" is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiering on PBS stations on Sept. 17, 2017. Epic and immersive, it explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides — Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Learn more about the film.
Join us for a one-hour introduction to "The Vietnam War" and to learn about programming and partnership ideas for your library. Attendees will:
- Learn more about the PBS project, years in the making
- Be inspired to start thinking about programs they can do in conjunction with the airing of the film on all PBS stations this fall
- Learn about opportunities and public programming resources available from ALA and PBS
As senior director of impact and engagement at WETA in Washington, D.C., Amy Labenski is responsible for maximizing the positive impact of WETA National Productions within the public broadcasting community and audience and expanding that impact to new audiences through the creation and delivery of innovative engagement initiatives and cultivation of broad partnerships. Amy works with the broad spectrum of PBS stations and stakeholders to execute the tasks required to realize those initiatives — from development phase to planning stage, to implementation and delivery, to follow-up and final evaluation to maintain presence well beyond the premiere date of programs.
Melanie Welch is a project director in the ALA Public Programs Office. Melanie is a veteran nonprofit management professional with experience and expertise in project management, community engagement, informal education and outreach programs. She has a B.S. in environmental biology from Bradley University and an M.S. in biology from Northern Illinois University, and is fellow of the Aspen Institute.