PeacemakerIn 2006, Karín Aguilar-San Juan ’84 met Frank Joyce, a U.S. peace activist who risked the charge of treason to travel to Hanoi during the Vietnam War to practice person-to-person diplomacy. The two edited The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Just World Books), which sees past activism echoing into the future. What inspired you? We asked activists to return to Vietnam to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. The ones who did—the “Hanoi Nine”—wrote chapters. The 10th is by Myra MacPherson, who went on a trip of her own, hosted by five ex-combat U.S. veterans who had each moved to Vietnam as their way of doing reparations. What was surprising? Four of our authors—Rennie Davis, Jay Craven, Doug Hostetter, and Becca Wilson—were instrumental in the People’s Peace Treaty, which many don’t know about. In 1970, the National Student Congress was frustrated by how slowly the Paris peace talks were proceeding, so they wrote their own treaty, which ended up being signed by high-profile politicians and figures. It was an incredible example of how, when there’s no map, there’s still a way. How were you affected as a professor? Students in my course read this book and meet with peace activists like a Hmong spoken-word artist, a Cambodian educator, and a Vietnamese intellectual, who open their hearts about how this war, for them, is not an intellectual enterprise—it is their lives, full of broken memories, silences, and pain. What’s the takeaway? Getting people beyond the Forrest Gump fantasy to put intergenerational energy into remembering that past. Our book is a personal view of the actual choices made during a confusing, difficult, scary time. Mistakes got made, and some people have never recovered.