Voices on Vietnam Spring 2016: Professor Chris Goscha May 5, 2016

Professor Christopher Goscha (Université du Québec à Montréal)

“Towards a History of Modern Vietnam”


The biannual Cornell Voices on Vietnam Speakers’ Series is delighted to announce our third event on Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 5-7 PM, in the Ruth Woolsey Findley History of Art Gallery (Goldwin Smith Hall), featuring acclaimed historian and Vietnam specialist Christopher Goscha, Professor of History at Université du Québec à Montréal.  Professor Goscha will be discussing his latest work, The Penguin History of Modern VietnamPopular impressions of Vietnam are still largely dominated by the Vietnam War, with most English-language accounts focused on American experiences, sources, and perspectives. But Vietnam’s history is much richer and more complex than a mere Cold War confrontation, complete with expansion, schisms, colonial conquest and subjugation, cultural renaissance, and revolution. Drawing on research and discoveries from a host of Vietnamese-language and global sources, Professor Goscha outlines a rich and compelling overview of modern Vietnamese history, portraying a cast of memorable characters – from Emperors to rebels, poets to priests – and providing a fascinating look at the intricacies and complexities of modern Vietnamese history. Compelling for scholars and non-specialists alike, The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam represents the first English-language general history of contemporary Vietnam.  Professor Goscha will share insights from his work, followed by an extended discussion/Q&A session. Don’t miss this exciting, interactive opportunity.

Please join us on May 5, 2016, from 5-7 PM, at the Ruth Woolsey Findley History of Art Gallery. All are welcome. Dinner will be provided.  For planning purposes, we encourage you to RSVP to VOVCornell@gmail.com. Feel free to submit questions in advance to our email as well.

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