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August 06, 2013

Vietnam 1963

Vietnam 1963

Washington DC
September 26-28, 2013

Web announcement: www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2013_Conference/agenda.htm
This conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is available online:
www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2013_Conference/registration2013.php. Seating the McGowan Theater is limited, so please pre-register if you plan to attend.

The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University is pleased to announce “Vietnam 1963,” a conference to be held in Washington, DC on September 26-28, 2013. This conference, which will be jointly sponsored with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, will examine the events of 1963, a year that has long been viewed as a watershed in the history of the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ap Bac, the “Buddhist crisis” and the self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc, the abortive “Kennedy withdrawal” of U.S. military advisors from South Vietnam, the overthrow and death of Ngo Dinh Diem in the Saigon coup of 1-2 November, the Kennedy assassination, the Ninth Plenum of the Vietnam Worker’s Party—all of these events shaped the subsequent escalation of the Vietnam War and contributed to its transformation into a major international conflict. This conference (which will take place during the fiftieth anniversary year of these events) will highlight recent research on various aspects of 1963 in Vietnam. In addition, the conference will seek to use 1963 as a means to explore the larger themes and trends running throughout the history of the Vietnam War. This event will bring together specialists in Vietnam War history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, international history, Cold War studies, and Vietnamese studies.

The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by George Herring, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky, on the evening of September 26 at the Woodrow Wilson. Panel discussions will take place on September 27 and 28 at the McGowan Theater at the U.S. National Archives Building.

Posted by katemw at August 6, 2013 06:53 AM

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