Dr. Steven H. Kaplan

"Literature of the Vietnam War"
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library


This lecture will provide attendees with an overview of the literature on the American experience in Vietnam.

The American experience in Vietnam generated some of the most compelling war literature of the 20th Century. Authors who wrote about the war grappled with how to depict and make sense of one of the most controversial and – for many – surreal political and military endeavors in American history. In the process, they provided profound and sensitive insights into the war and the experience of those who fought it.

Biographical Information

Since becoming president of the University of New Haven in 2004, Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D., has led the University of New Haven through a period of remarkable growth and development. In the past five years alone, enrollment has grown by 28 percent to more than 5,950 undergraduate and graduate students, who hail from 35 states and some 45 countries. Full-time undergraduate enrollment has grown by 50 percent, and applications have increased by 176 percent. During this time, the University has completed over $100 million in construction projects and has launched 15 new academic programs.

The University of New Haven now ranks among the top comprehensive universities in the North and boasts nationally ranked programs in a number of majors across business, criminal justice, engineering, forensic science, and the liberal arts and sciences. In recognition of his contributions to transforming the University, Dr. Kaplan was named "Businessman of the Year" by Business New Haven magazine in 2008.

Previously, Dr. Kaplan was chancellor and professor of English at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the only four-year branch campus of the University of Virginia and one of the nation's best public colleges, according to U. S. News & World Report.

Dr. Kaplan began his teaching career in 1982 as an Instructor of English at the University of Maryland, European Division. From 1985-1989, he served as Visiting Lecturer in American Studies at Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany – one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe. After completing his doctoral studies at Eberhard-Karls Universität, he returned to the U.S. to teach English at the University of Southern Colorado. Within three years, he was made department chair, serving in that capacity for two years before becoming Director of the Center for International Programs.

Dr. Kaplan also served as dean of Arts and Humanities at SUNY College at Buffalo and as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University.

In addition to earning his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Eberhard-Karls Universität, Dr. Kaplan holds a Master of Arts degree (with a concentration in philosophy, German and English) from Eberhard-Karls Universität and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Kaplan is the author of a book on American translations of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke; a book on Tim O'Brien's fiction, published by the University of South Carolina Press; and an anthology of international war stories, published by the University Press of Colorado. He also has written a number of scholarly essays.


Dr. Kaplan's web page.