Rolla native Michael Lund, an author of nine novels about Route 66 and the generation that came of age in the Midwest in the '50s and '60s, will speak on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The lecture will be held in Room 201 Humanities-Social Sciences Building.
Lund, professor emeritus of literature at Longwood University in Virginia, will speak about his latest novel, How to Not Tell a War Story.
Lund says that 40 years after their experiences, many Vietnam veterans ask if there is something more to say about their military service. Among other things, they have come to appreciate the lovers, friends and family who helped them shape a new post-war identity.
Lund will speak about how he learned that being in the service is not something to be edited out of a personal history, but an experience that stays in memory. That discovery, Lund says, has convinced him that the burden of American wars today is being unfairly born by the tiny minority of those who volunteer to serve and their families.
Lund's nine novels include Growing up on Route 66, and Route 66 to Vietnam: A Draftee's Story. They were all published by Beach House Books.
The lecture is sponsored by the English and technical communication department, the history and political science department and the military science department at Missouri S&T.