Gallery Talk: Roger Steffens "Vietnam, Psyops, & Born on the Fourth of July"

Friday, October 5, 2018

1:00 pm

Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) Map

Sponsored by:
Hoover Institution Archives

About the Speakers

Roger Steffens (b. 1942) is a Brooklyn, New York born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer. Steffens began photographing while serving in Vietnam. His work in the Psychological Operations (Psyops) Unit lead him to found a refugee campaign for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. During the final 26 months of the 1960s, Steffens witnessed the Tet Offensive and worked from the DMZ to the Mekong Delta with a wide variety of other nationalities to bring relief to those whose lives had been shattered by the war. He was never without his camera. He returned to America and spent 1970 lecturing at Harvard and other institutions about his life-changing experiences in Vietnam. In 1975 he helped midwife Ron Kovic's Vietnam classic, Born on the Fourth of July, into existence, and was an adviser to the Vietnam Veteran film Coming Home.

Kate Steffens is an editor, curator, artist, and archivist based in the Bay Area. For the past five years, Kate has run her family’s archival photography business, releasing books, art, and writing under the moniker The Family Acid. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, where she is employed at Special Collections and Archives.

This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam, on display in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) at Stanford University through December 8, 2018. For more information about the exhibition, please visit

Friday, October 5, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) Map

Space is limited. RSVP required.


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