Published: Nov. 6, 2023

Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit and Events

Panel Discussion on the Legacies of War

November 6, 5:00-7:00PM
Humanities 250

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War does not end when the last shots are fired. The Vietnamese population, as well as American soldiers and their families, continue to this day to bear the costs of war. This panel will investigate consequences of the war in Vietnam and efforts to mitigate those impacts. 

Steven Dike, Arts and Sciences Honors Program, CU Boulder, Moderator

Five-Minute film on Project RENEW featuring Ho Van Lai, victim of unexploded cluster bomb.

​Heather Bowser, Daughter of Vietnam Veteran exposed to Agent Orange; founder and director of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, comprising more than 5,000 American children survivors of Agent Orange.

Susan Hammond, Founder and Executive Director, War Legacies Project

Linda J. Yarr, Research Affiliate, Center for Asian Studies, CU Boulder

Book Talk: Defending Black Sailors from Discriminatory Prosecution 

November 7, 5:30-7:30PM
British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library

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Racial tension was high when a fight broke out between White and Black sailors aboard the massive Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier that serviced the bombing missions over Vietnam. Discovering the unfair, unequal, and frankly discriminatory treatment to which Blacks were subjected, Marv Truhe, the JAG officer assigned to the case, mounted a vigorous defense of the Black sailors. His book draws on the original documents he collected and saved.

Marv Truhe, former Navy JAG officer, author of Against All Tides: The Unknown Story of the USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot

Poetry of the War in Vietnam and its Consequences

November 8, 5:00-7:00 PM
British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library

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Poetry helps us speak the unspeakable and feel deeply. Award-winning poets whose poems of war, memory, and reconciliation will arouse our empathy and understanding of the war in Vietnam and its profound consequences.

Professor Julie Carr, Department of English and Creative Writing, Moderator

Poets Reciting Via ZOOM:
Jan Barry
Teresa Mei Chuc
Wayne Karlin
Yusef Komunyakaa
Hoa Nguyen
Kimberly Nguyen
Doug Rawlings
Bruce Weigl

Waging Peace events are co-sponsored by University Libraries, the Applied History Initiative, and the Department of History in addition to the Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Geography Buff Trivia Night

Thursday, November 9, 6:30-9pm
UMC Connection

"Space, Place and Justice"

Win prizes!

Food and Drink!

The Voice of the Historian in Early China

Monday, November 14 at 6:15pm
Humanities 135

Martin Kern, “The Voice of the Historian in Early China”

This lecture focuses on the “Grand Lord Archivist says” 太史公曰 statements throughout the Shiji. It examines in detail the highly formulaic and rhetorical nature of their composition and proposes that these statements (together with Sima Qian’s “auto-postface”太史公自序 to the Shiji and his “Letter in Response to Ren Shaoqing” 報任少卿書) construct and stage the voice and figure of Sima Qian. While the historical Sima Qian may have created much of the Shiji, the paratextual elements of the Shiji have in turn created the textual Sima Qian known to us. As the formulaic 太史公曰 statements configure Sima Qian not only as an exemplary historian but also as an exemplary reader of his sources, a reader both judicious and emotional, they also provide the model for “those to come” (laizhe 來者): Sima Qian’s ideal readers of the future.

Martin Kern is the Joanna and Greg ’84 P13 P18 Zeluck Professor in Asian Studies at Princeton. His numerous publications cut across all genres of Chinese literature, historiography, and thought from the first millennium BCE. This year, he has published Biaoyan yu chanshi: Zaoqi Zhongguo shixue yanjiu 表演與闡釋:早期中國詩學研究 (Beijing: Sanlian shudian); Qu Yuan and the Chuci: New Approaches, co-edited with Stephen Owen (Leiden: Brill); and Zuozhuan and Early Chinese Historiography, co-edited with Yuri Pines and Nino Luraghi (Leiden: Brill).