Through Nov. 7 — Award-Winning Local Historian and Author Erin Graffy at SBCC School of Extended Learning: ‘After the Fall: A Cultural History of Postwar Vietnam’

October 1, 2017

Erin Graffy. Courtesy photo.

SANTA BARBARA — It’s a period that’s been explored in many ways and mediums, most recently in Ken Burns’ documentary series “The Vietnam War.” However, the country’s postwar history is rarely explored. Now Santa Barbara will have a chance to understand this fascinating and significant time with SBCC School of Extended Learning instructor Erin Graffy in the upcoming course After the Fall: A Cultural History of Postwar Vietnam.

This four-session course will meet 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 7 at the Schott Campus, 310 W. Padre St. Learn about what happened after the Communists gained power and the role that the Viet Cong played in the new regime. Ever wonder where the able-bodied men went? Why did women stop wearing nail polish, when was “suicide soup” served, and who were the only people to attend movies? Graffy, researcher and author of award-winning history books, will bring you an eye-opening look at Tet offensive, civilian life and the dramatic aftermath of the Vietnam conflict.

“There’s no shortage of information on the Vietnam War, but through her deep research and natural story telling abilities, Erin has crafted a unique perspective that takes everyone by surprise,” said said Andy Harper, Senior Director of the School of Extended Learning. “Whether you consider yourself a history buff or want to explore a different era and culture, this class will offer you stories and accounts you won’t forget.”

Local historian Erin Graffy has written more than 100 books and articles on regional history and culture, including the popular “How to Santa Barbara” series; “Saint Barbara (The Truth Tales, Tidbits and Trivia of Santa Barbara’s Patron Saint)”; “Remembering Jordanos”; and a coffee table book on our waterfront history. She has reviewed for the California Historical Society, and for 10 years served as editor of “La Gazeta” for the Mission Archive Library. Graffy lectures extensively on California’s Rancho Period and her “Old Spanish Days” was the recipient of three national book awards. As a Southern California historian, Erin has been featured in several documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Impressions in Time” and was featured as a California historian in the 2015 Pasadena Rose Parade.

After the Fall: A Cultural History of Postwar Vietnam
Class ID: 21096
4 Tuesdays: 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 17 – Nov. 7;
Schott Campus Auditorium, 310 W. Padre St.
Class Price: $48
Register online here.

About the SBCC School of Extended Learning: The School of Extended Learning responds to the diverse learning needs of the adult population in the Santa Barbara community by advancing life and career skills, and bridges to credit.

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