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Hollywood In and Out of Vietnam


While often referred to as the “living room war” due to its insertion in the home via television, the Vietnam War became a common subject matter for films inside and outside the Hollywood studio system for years after the fighting ended. This capsule course looks at three major Hollywood studio films on the subject of the Vietnam War while also looking for comparisons and contrasts with three films made without the studio system's budget, access, and (un)written rules.

Professor Peter Cajka

Peter Cajka is Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies. His research sits at the intersection of Catholic Studies, the history of ideas, and the history of sexuality. His book, Follow Your Conscience: The Catholic Church and the Spirit of the Sixties, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. He teaches a class called "The Vietnam War and American Catholics.”

Department of American Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the David A. Heskin and Marilou Brill Endowment for Excellence.

The deadline to enroll for the series is November 9.


  • Oct 26, 2023 6:30PM , Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (1979)
  • Nov 2, 2023 6:30PM , Winter Soldier (1972)
  • Nov 9, 2023 6:30PM , Coming Home (1978)
  • Nov 16, 2023 6:30PM , Graves Without a Name (2018)
  • Nov 30, 2023 6:30PM , Rambo: First Blood (1982)
  • Dec 7, 2023 6:30PM , Brotherhood of Death (1976)

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