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The Lucky Few Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Monday, November 9, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Benton Museum East Gallery

The Lucky Few / Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Monday, November 9 / 12 NOON

East Gallery of the Benton Museum of Art / UConn – Storrs Campus

Open to the Public

To contribute to Veterans’ Day commemorative events at the University of Connecticut, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute invites the campus community and the general public to a documentary film screening of THE LUCKY FEW and a chance to talk with the filmmaker. The Institute gratefully acknowledges the Benton Museum for supporting its public educational efforts. AAASI also gratefully acknowledges the Office of Veterans Affairs at UConn for assistance in publicizing this event.

Premiering at the Smithsonian Institution in 2010, The Lucky Few film comes to us courtesy of Jan K. Herman, who made the documentary while serving as the Navy’s Medical Historian. Herman describes the film as the “story of how a small Navy warship rescued more than 30,000 South Vietnamese fleeing their dying nation in April 1975. How the men of USS Kirk accomplished this feat while providing humanitarian assistance under unimaginable circumstances [as] one of America’s shining moments.”

Jan K. Herman was the chief medical historian of the Navy from 1979 to 2012 and editor-in-chief of Navy Medicine, the journal of the Navy Medical Department, for 30 years. He has written and produced documentaries for the U.S. Navy highlighting its medical service during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Herman has authored more than 50 articles and monographs plus five books. As a lecturer, he has spoken to many audiences across the United States, focusing on military medicine, 19th century astronomy and oceanography, and medical aspects of World War II in the Pacific. He is the recipient of the 2015 Forrest C. Pogue Award for Significant Contributions to Oral History.


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos at or (860) 486-5083

Asian American Studies Institute (primary), Benton Museum of Art, Dramatic Arts, History Department, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UConn Master Calendar, Veterans Affairs and Military Programs

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