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OCTOBER 11-NOVEMBER 8
The war with Vietnam is over (if you want it): The National Geographic Society is putting America’s old adversary back on the map with a series of slide-illustrated lectures. The program begins with Wednesday’s “Vietnam Today” (pictured), an account by photojournalist Steve Raymer of his six recent trips to the country to shoot a photo book to be published next year. Upcoming are “Returning to Vietnam” (Oct. 25), personal stories by both Vietnamese and American survivors of the conflict, including Washington restaurateur Germaine Swanson; “The New Vietnam” (Nov. 1), an analysis of the nation’s new role in the world community that features commentary by journalists Tracy Dahlby and Neil Sheehan; and “Destination: Vietnam” (Nov. 8), which examines the country’s new appeal as a tourist destination. At 7:30 p.m. at the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $36 for the series; $10 for individual events. For reservations call (202) 857-7700. (Mark Jenkins)