Veteran to reflect on Vietnam 40 years later


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forty years after his service there, U.S. Army veteran Michael Moryc returned to Vietnam to try to reconcile his memories. The nature photographer will share his story and images during a March 3 talk at the University of Louisville.

    The free, public talk, “Return to the Land of the Dragons: A Veteran’s Quest for Freedom from the Past, Emotional Liberation, Mutual Forgiveness,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. The lecture, previously set for Feb. 17, was rescheduled because of weather.

    Moryc, based in Nashville, Tenn., has wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and participated in group and individual therapy to deal with wartime memories that began with his 1968 arrival in Vietnam at age 20. He returned to the country decades later with longtime friend David Horvath of Louisville and documented the visit through photography.

    The talk sponsors are the Honors Student Council; Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Program; Social Change Program; Center for Asian Democracy; Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice; Department of History; McConnell Center; Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society; Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs; and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.

    For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 502-852-6293 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.