EMMA K. SPENCER PHOTOGRAPHY
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Emma Spencer is an Amherst College student pursuing a degree in Studio Arts. In 2020, Spencer was awarded the Davis Foundation's Projects for Peace Grant for her project, "Vietnam War Veterans: Then and Now," but did not get to execute the project until the Summer of 2021 due to COVID-19. This website is a culmination of the Vietnam veterans she was able to interview during the summer of 2021. This project was inspired and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and by Spencer's grandfather, Naval Officer Scott Wilson, Sr.. When Spencer realized that many Vietnam veterans have not had the opportunity to tell their stories due to public disdain towards the war, she decided to give veterans the a platform to share and civilians a way to understand the truths of this war. For her senior thesis, Spencer received Amherst College's Engaged Research Grant and Alpha Delta Phi Grant to interview and photograph American women Vietnam veterans. Spencer worked with Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., to build this portion of the project. The culmination of this work is presented in Spencer's exhibition, So, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? All contents of both projects will be archived in the Library of Congress's Veteran's History Project. Organizations that formally support the project include Vietnam Veterans of America, Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The United States Vietnam War Commemoration, and The Witness to War Foundation. Spencer hopes to continue this project for many years. If you are a Vietnam veteran and would like to share your story, please click here. To see more of Spencer's work, click here.