As an expert in international affairs, Harvard University Professor Fredrik Logevall considers it crucial to study the Vietnam War, a complicated and controversial part of American history. Logevall was a child living in Canada when the United States pulled its combat forces from Vietnam in 1973. He has since written widely about the war and shared his insights recently at Illinois State University as a guest of the History Department.
Renee Rosen's new historical novel "Windy City Blues" uses Chicago and its storied blues history as a backdrop to a story about perseverance and coming of age. "I sort of see it as the story of three people who come to Chicago seeking a better life," said Rosen via Skype from her Chicago home.