The widely varying cultures that contributed to the complexity of the Vietnam War
are the theme of the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center’s annual conference, slated
for March 22-24 in Lubbock.
The conference, "The Impact of Culture, Ethnicity, Race and Religion in the Vietnam
War," will feature scholars from around the country.
"Understanding the different cultures involved is essential to understanding the Vietnam
War and its aftermath," said James Reckner, director of the Texas Tech Vietnam Center.
"We hope that this conference will foster a thorough examination of this topic."
• The impact of religion in the United States and Vietnam.
• The impact of antiwar activities on American Culture
• American visions of Vietnam
• Soldiers’ experience in-country
• Race and class in the American military
• Minority culture
• Culture as reflected in the literature of war and in postwar Vietnam
Speakers will include:
• Geoffrey Shaw of the American Military University speaking on "The Buddhists & Ngo
Dinh Diem," and Ken Millen-Penn of Fairmont State University who will examine "Crucifers
and Crusaders," American President, Christianity and the Vietnam War."
• Larry Berman of the University of California at Davis will speak on "The Impact
of American Culture on Communist Spy Pham Xuan An: Why Can’t We All be Friends?"
• Devissi Muhammad of the University of Detroit Mercy will speak on "Muhammad Ali
and Vietnam: A Challenge and Transformation with Regard to Sports, Race, Religion
and the Law."
• Marc Jason Gilbert of the Hawaii Pacific University will speak on "Playing the Race
Card: Vietnamese Appeals to Non-White Forces of Occupation, 1945-1975."
• Keith Taylor of Cornell University will speak on "Collateral Cultures: Wartime Congruencies,
Differences and Indifferences."
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center is one of the largest collections of
Vietnam-era related documents in the world. Only the Pentagon has more material on
the Vietnam War.
For more information, or to register for the conference, visit: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/vietnamcenter/events/2007_Conference/index.htm
Stephen Maxner, deputy director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech, (806) 742-9010