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Symposium: “The American War in Vietnam: Then and Now”

November 15, 2019

This day-long symposium is part of a series of events presented November 11-15, 2019 by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia and the Elliott School of International Affairs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Mobilization for Peace.



  • 8:30-9:00 – Registration & Breakfast (Room 602)
  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome and Conference Opening
    • Christopher A. Kojm, director, Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative, Elliott School
  • 9:15-10:30 – Academic Panel I: The History of Diplomatic and Peace Movement Initiatives to Bring about Peace in Vietnam
    • James Hershberg, professor, George Washington University
    • Nguyen Lien-Hang, professor, Columbia University
    • John Prados, senior fellow and project director, National Security Archive, George Washington University
    • David Cortright, professor, University of Notre Dame
    • Moderator: Mike Mochizuki, professor, George Washington University
  • 10:30-10:45 – Coffee Break
  • 10:45-12:00 – Academic Panel II: Teaching the American War in Vietnam
    • Carolyn Eisenberg, professor, Georgetown University
    • Michael Kazin, professor, Georgetown University
    • Peter Kuznick, professor, American University
    • Shawn McHale, professor, George Washington University
    • Moderator: Linda J. Yarr, research professor, George Washington University
  • 12:00-1:00 – Keynote Addresses
    • Dr. Christian G. Appy, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Ms. Cora Weiss, president, Hague Appeal for Peace
  • 1:00-2:00 – Vietnamese Lunch
  • 2:00-5:15 – Activist Panels: Mitigating the Legacies of War
    • Presentatiions in TED Talk format followed by open discussion led by Moderator Myra MacPherson, author and journalist
  • 2:00-3:30 – Panel I: Impact of Agent Orange
    • Heather Bowser, Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
    • Susan Hammond, War Legacies Project
    • Susan Schnall, Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign
    • Tran Thi Hoan, Agent Orange Survivor
  • 3:30-3:45 – Coffee Break
  • 3:45-5:15 – Panel II: The Problem of Unexploded Ordnance
    • Ho Van Lai and Nguyen Phu, Mine Action Visitor Center
    • Tim Rieser, US Senate Appropriations Committee
    • Chuck Searcy, Project RENEW, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
    • Lin Harmon-Walker, Environment and Energy Law Program, GW Law
  • 5:30-5:45 – Summary
    • Terry Provance, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
  • 6:00 – Candlight Vigil
    • Reenactment of “March against Death,” from the Elliott School to the White House

Download the PDF schedule with details for all November 11-15, 2019, Waging Peace in Vietnam conference events.

The George Washington University: The Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative – Elliott School Public Affairs – Elliott School Sigur Center for Asian Studies – GW Law School – GW Peace Studies Program – Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – The Documentary Center, School of Media and Public Affairs – Theatre and Dance Program, Corcoran School of Art & Design and Chino Cienega Foundation – Fund for Reconciliation and Development – Institute for Policy Studies – Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame – Split this Rock – Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign – Veterans for Peace – Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee

www.WagingPeaceInVietnam.com and pisa.elliott.gwu.edu


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Washington, DC 20052 United States
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