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Leslie Jean Reagan
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015

Seeing Agent Orange in the United States and Vietnam: Quilt of Tears

Summer research and writing on Cultural History, History and Philosophy of Science.

I seek a 2015 NEH Summer Stipend for research and writing on American veterans and Agent Orange. I will use the summer of 2015 to write on the production of memorials to honor Vietnam War veterans whose lives were lost or who are suffering today as a result of their exposure to Agent Orange. Memorials include the Vietnam in Memory plaque on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the touring Agent Orange Quilt of Tears. American veterans, their wives and widows, and their families have been creating their own memorials, often as protest for the perceived lack of government attention and action. These personal and privately funded memorials--and the history of Agent Orange that veterans and their advocates are currently producing and telling through them--will be the focus of the chapter that I plan to write with the Stipend. This chapter is part of my book, Seeing Agent Orange in the US and Vietnam.