Symposium: New Directions in Scholarship on the Vietnam War, 50th anniversary of May 4th at Kent State University

[Published date: 21/02/2020]

A History Symposium Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of May 4th

February 29, 2020

KIVA, Kent State University

On February 29, 2020, The Department of History at Kent State University will host a research symposium entitled, “The May 4th Event and New Directions in Scholarship on the Vietnam War.” The symposium will be part of the university’s year-long effort to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the May 4th event. The department has invited scholars of the Vietnam War from across North America to speak on the memory and meaning of this period. Organized into two panels, the symposium which will address the war’s significance in the United States, and its legacy in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The symposium will address issues related to war and society in order to focus attention on the tragedy that unfolded on campus, while situating that event within a global context. In addition, it will be a forum in which leading scholars can assemble to discuss their methodologies on the study of the Vietnam War.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Panel: Re-assessing the Legacy of American Intervention in Vietnam

The Vietnam War and the re-introduction of Mormonism into Southeast Asia / Shane Strate, Kent State University

Uncanny Vietnam: What We Have Forgotten (or Never Knew) about the War / Meredith Lair, George Mason University

This is a True War Story / Robert Brigham, Vassar College

Daniel Ellsberg’s Mutiny: The Power of Dissent in the Age of Vietnam, Watergate, and Nuclear Terror / Christian Appy, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch break

1:00 pm -3:00 pm: Panel: People, Power, and Politics: Revolution and the State in Vietnam

South Vietnam and the Global Sixties / Heather Stur, University of Southern Mississippi

Rethinking War and Revolution in Vietnam / Tuong Vu, University of Oregon

Between War and the State: Civil Society in South Vietnam / Van Nguyen-Marshall, Trent University

The Trouble with South Vietnam: Local vs. Central Power / Jessica Chapman, Williams College

3:00 pm -4:00 pm: Light refreshments (Books by presenters will be available for purchase in the Lobby of the KIVA.)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Plenary Speech: The Ohio National Guard at Kent State / Thomas Grace, Erie Community College