Texas Tech Hosts Seventh Triennial Vietnam Symposium

Adrian Cronauer will serve as the keynote speaker of the symposium. Cronauer was an Air Force announcer during the Vietnam War and was portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Written by Jaryn Jones

Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive will host the Seventh Triennial Vietnam Symposium March 10-12 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center.

The Vietnam Center symposia are open to presentations that examine the United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia during the war in Vietnam. Presentations can examine any aspect of the experiences including combat operations, diplomacy, the international dimensions of the war, activities in support or opposition to the war, postwar issues and more.

Adrian Cronauer will serve as the keynote speaker of the symposium. Cronauer was an Air Force announcer during the Vietnam War and was portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Wednesday (March 9)
Participants will arrive in Lubbock and attend a welcome session at 5:30 p.m. at the Overton Hotel.

Thursday (March 10)
At 8:30 a.m. University officials and Stephen Maxner, director of the Vietnam Center and Archive, will deliver welcoming remarks. Various sessions will occur throughout the day.

Friday (March 11)
Books and displays will be exhibited throughout the day. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., including film screenings of “My Vietnam, Your Iraq” and “Vietnam the Memory.”

The conference banquet will take place at 7 p.m. in the conference registration area of the Overton Hotel. Recommended dress code is dinner dress or business attire. Cronauer will deliver the keynote address at 8 p.m. discussing his unique perception of the Vietnam War.

Saturday (March 12)
Saturday will conclude the symposium presentations. Sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and books and displays will be available throughout the day. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. to all interested participants.

Symposium presentation sessions are open to the public, but registration is required to participate in meals, to include the receptions and banquet. Registration cost is $150, which includes meals if registering before March 6.

For more information and a detailed agenda visit http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/symposium.htm.

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CONTACT: Steve Maxner, director, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or steve.maxner@ttu.edu.