Texas Tech University

'1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War' Brings International Vietnam War Scholars to Lubbock

Glenys Young

April 22, 2019

Vietnam, 1967

Hosted by the Vietnam Center and Archive and the Institute for Peace and Conflict, the two-day conference is open to the public and media.

The Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archive and the Institute for Peace and Conflict will host an international conference on the Vietnam War, "1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War," Friday-Saturday (April 26-27) at the MCM Eleganté Hotel, 801 Ave. Q.

The conference will feature approximately 70 speakers from nine countries, including scholars, students, Vietnam veterans, wartime participants and independent researchers.

Featured guest speakers include nationally prominent scholars of the Vietnam War:

  • George Herring, professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky. His published works include "From Colony to Superpower: American Foreign Relations Since 1776"; "America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975"; "The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The 'Negotiating Volumes' of the Pentagon Papers"; and "LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War."
  • Lloyd Gardner, professor emeritus at Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of 16 books on American foreign policy including, "Approaching Vietnam: From World War II through Dienbienphu, 1941-1954"; "Pay Any Price: Lyndon Johnson and the Wars for Vietnam"; "Vietnam: The Early Decisions"; "International Perspectives on Vietnam"; "America, the Vietnam War and the World: Comparative and International Perspectives"; and "Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam: Or, How Not to Learn From the Past."
  • Mai Elliott, formerly of RAND Corporation. Elliott is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist "The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family"; "RAND in Southeast Asia: A History of the Vietnam War Era"; and the five-part "Documents of an Elite Viet Cong Delta Unit: The Demolition Platoon of the 514th Battalion." She also was a featured participant in the recent Ken Burns documentary, "The Vietnam War."
  • Pierre Asselin, professor at San Diego State University. Asselin has written and edited 11 books and peer-reviewed journal articles about the Vietnam War, including, "Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965"; "A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement," as well as its Vietnamese translation, "Nen hoa binh mong manh"; "Vietnam's American War"; "Historical Dictionary of Vietnam, Fourth Edition"; and "The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, Volume III: Endings."

The event's Friday-evening banquet will feature a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scholar Fredrik Logevall, a professor in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Logevall is the author or editor of nine books, including "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam," which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize, as well as the American Library in Paris Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, Daily Beast and Foreign Affairs, among other publications.

Individual presentations and conference sessions are free and open to the public, but meals require conference registration at www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/. Event information is available online at www.vietnam.ttu.edu or www.ipac.ttu.edu or by calling (806) 742-9010.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.