'Good Morning, Vietnam!' Adrian Cronauer and Others Featured in 2011 Lecture Series

The Vietnam Center will be holding a lecture series throughout the spring semester.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech will present a guest lecture series throughout 2011.

The mission of the lecture series is to enrich the cultural life of attendants by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War and its impact on American policies, society and culture. The speakers will provide examples of personal strength and character as they share stories of overcoming adversity and making a difference in the world.

The Vietnam Center and Archive was founded in 1989 by a group of local veterans and now holds the largest collection of Vietnam-related materials outside the U.S. National Archives.

Admission to all lectures is free and open to the public. Times are subject to change. Visit the website for more information.

The center will feature the following speakers this year:

Adrian Cronauer

Thursday, March 10

Adrian CronauerCronauer is the radio disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning Vietnam!" After spending many years in television and radio, he earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a special assistant to the director of the Pentagon's POW/MIA office. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.

Kim Phuc

Thursday, April 14

Kim Phuc– In 1972, Kim Phuc was photographedrunning down a road naked and on fire after a napalm strike on her village. Today, Kim Phuc runs a non-profit organization dedicated to children in war-torn areas of the world and is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theater of the Student Union Building.

LeAnn Thieman

Thursday, May 12

LeAnn Thieman – Thieman was a nurse involved in Operation Babylift, a mission to evacuate more than 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam before it fell to communist troops. She is also a frequent contributor to the "Chicken Soup" book series. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Kara Dixon Vuic

Thursday, October 13

Kara Dixon Vuic– Vuic has published several articles concerning the army's marriage and motherhood regulations and the recruitment of nurses for the Vietnam War. She recently published the book, "Office, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Crops in the Vietnam War." She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.

Dave Carey

Thursday, Nov. 10

Dave Carey– Carey spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. After returning, he held several command positions and earned multiple awards and honors during his service. Carey's message emphasizes the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives. Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.


The Archive of
Modern American Warfare

The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.



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