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An Evening with Heath Lee

October 4 - October 4, 2019

Performing Arts Center
Coronado High School 650 D Avenue Coronado, CA 92118

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In partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics, the Coronado Historical Association is presenting a new special exhibit about the wives of Vietnam POW's and their tireless advocacy work. The exhibit opens to the public at the Coronado Museum (1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA) on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The exhibition will be open free to the public seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates, tells the story of the military wives who founded the organization that would later become the National League of POW/MIA Families.

In conjunction with the exhibit, CHA is proud to partner with the Coronado Arts Commission and the Coronado Public Library to host Virginia-based historian and 2017 Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Heath Hardage Lee. Lee curated the exhibit based on her book "The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home". Join us for an Evening with Heath Lee, held at the Performing Arts Center at Coronado High School on October 4, 2019. Dr. Dean Nelson will lead a conversation with the author about exploring the powerful stories of POW wives through the book and nationally-traveling museum exhibition.

The evening includes an audience Q & A and author book-signings by both Heath Hardage Lee and Dr. Dean Nelson. Books will be available for purchase. All proceeds underwrite the cost of bringing the exhibit to Coronado.

Heath Hardage Lee

Heath comes from a museum education and curatorial background, and she has worked at history museums across the country. She holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. Heath served as the 2017 Robert J. Dole Curatorial Fellow; her exhibition entitled "The League of Wives: Vietnam POW MIA Advocates & Allies," about Vietnam POW/MIA wives, premiered at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in May of 2017. The exhibition moves to Coronado, California for its third stop, in homage to the primary role played by Sybil Stockdale and other Navy wives in the community, before continuing on its nationwide tour of museum venues across the U.S. Previous stops included the Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond, Virginia.

Potomac Books, a division of the University of Nebraska Press, published Heath’s prize-winning book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, in 2014. Heath’s new book "The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took On the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam," about the courageous wives of American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action during the Vietnam War, was published by St. Martin’s Press on April 2019. Reese Witherspoon’s film production company Hello Sunshine has optioned the book for a feature film, and Heath will be an executive producer and historical consultant on the project.

Dr. Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, San Diego Magazine, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting and has written or co-written 14 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and retreats. He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest — India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Tanzania, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water; New Orleans, where he wrote about the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Haiti, where he wrote about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; Iceland, where he wrote about the literary scene there; Croatia, where he wrote about a part of Europe that is trying to reinvent itself after the breakup of the Soviet Union; Rome, where he wrote about the Canonization of Mother Teresa, and elsewhere.

He has covered the stunning, the moving, the mysterious, the tragic, the amusing and the absurd.

His book on the seven sacraments, God Hides in Plain Sight: How to Find the Sacred in a Chaotic World, was published by Brazos Press in 2009.

His most recent book is "Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro," published in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers. The book is about the life of John Polkinghorne, a world-famous physicist who became a priest in the Anglican Church. It is also about how faith and science do not need to be mutually exclusive.

In addition to directing the PLNU journalism program, Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Nelson has interviewed Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Gay Talese, Anchee Min, Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Joyce Carol Oates, Garrison Keillor, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Dick Enberg, Otis Chandler, Kathleen Norris, Donald Miller, Bill Moyers, Jim Wallis, Chitra Divakaruni, Joseph Wambaugh, James Fallows, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Rachel Held Evans, Luis Urrea and dozens of others. Many of those interviews are available for viewing on this site and on UCSD-TV’s website. They have been broadcast worldwide.

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