Voices on Vietnam Fall 2018: Professor Lien-Hang Nguyen – October 15, 2018

Professor Lien-Hang Nguyen, Columbia University

Rethinking Tet 1968: Fifty Years Later


The biannual Cornell Voices on Vietnam Speakers’ Series is delighted to announce our Fall 2018 event featuring acclaimed historian and Vietnam specialist Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia at Columbia University and author of Hanoi’s War, on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12pm in 374 Rockefeller Hall. Professor Nguyen will be discussing her upcoming book on the comprehensive history of the 1968 Tet Offensive.

With the declassification of new documents and the publication of “renegade” memoirs from Vietnam, this talk puts forward a new history of the strategy deliberation surrounding the 1968 Tet Offensive.  Intra-Party rivalries, the Sino-Soviet split, and power struggles within the Politburo influenced the military planning for 1968 in expected ways.  This talk seeks to unravel the mysteries surrounding the origins of Tet 1968 upon its fiftieth anniversary.

Professor Nguyen will share insights from her work, followed by an extended discussion/Q&A session. Don’t miss this exciting, interactive opportunity. All are welcome! For accommodations, please contact VOVCornell@gmail.com.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Studies, Government, and History, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Southeast Asia Program.

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