Online Conference April 9-10, 2021: 1970-1971: Nixon, Discord, and the US Withdrawal from Vietnam

02/04/2021 10:01

The Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive and the Institute for Peace & Conflict at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce our annual Vietnam War conference entitled, 1970-1971: Nixon, Discord, and the US Withdrawal from Vietnam

This day and a half event will approach a wide range of historical topics with presentations that examine diplomatic, military, international, regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War, as well as the policies, strategies, and decisions of President Richard Nixon, General Creighton Abrams, and their advisors and deputies as they sought to bring about a successful conclusion to the conflict. 1970 and 1971 were also years of major domestic discord inside the United States, including the shootings at Kent State University, the Hard Hat Riot in New York City, the Mayday Action in 1971, along with various antiwar and anti-draft protests. Additional areas of interest will include major combat operations as well as the political, strategic, and tactical decision-making to expand the war into Cambodia (Cambodian Incursion) and into Laos (Operation Lam Son 719).

Conference presentations will examine social and religious aspects of the war, the effects of journalism and reporting on wartime perceptions, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy. Presentations will also reflect the varied perspectives of many participant nations including those of the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and others. The conference includes thirty-four presentations by scholars and wartime participants from Vietnam, Canada, UK, Poland, and throughout the US.

This conference is free, open to the public, and is an online only event using Zoom Webinar. Audience participants must register separately for each conference webinar session and may do so using the registration links available through our online Conference Agenda:

https://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2021_Conference/agenda.php

Friday, April 9

8:30 AM: WELCOMING REMARKS

Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict, Texas Tech University

Michael San Francisco, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University

Zoom Webinar Registration: https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JweCiMdIQ6WHNR929-y_hw

9:00 AM: Plenary Session

Introduction: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict and Associate Professor of History, Texas Tech University

“Victory, Defeat, or Stalemate? Doubt and Uncertainty in America’s Withdrawal from Vietnam”

Greg Daddis, Ph.D., San Diego State University

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GpV7FEtdT9OkcSNpAQ69OA

10:00 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Sessions 2

Session 2A: Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam War

Introduction: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace & Conflict and Associate Professor of History, Texas Tech University

A Discussion Featuring:

Geoffrey Jensen, Ph.D., College of Security and Intelligence

Ron Milam, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Doug Bradley, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

Martin Clemis, Ph.D., U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Bill Allison, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University

Matthew Stith, University of Texas at Tyler

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FRHhrjPPR0WQIoI6CPKOTg

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Session 2B: The Impact of Peace Movements and Religion in Vietnam

Commentator/Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

The Peoples Peace Treaty

Doug Hostetter, Pax Christi International NGO Advocacy Team at the UN in New York

Vietnamese Nationalism: The Case of Peace Movements During 1970-1971 in South Vietnam

Ha Trieu Huy, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our Ladys Immaculate Heart Will Prevail: Marian Devotionalism, Anticommunism, and the Vietnam Conflict

Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6B7qLx_5QtG8tnqOnaSYXw

12:15 PM: Lunchtime Presentation

Introduction: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Lam Son 719

James H. Willbanks, PhD, Lieutenant Colonel (USA, Ret), Professor Emeritus of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PvhZmHvdSwC9T7MKLtN7Xw

1:30 PM: Sessions 3

Session 3A: Cultures of War

Commentator/Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Los Yanquis quieren fuego 1: Exploring the Cultural Rhetoric of 1970s Music Lyrics

Erin McCoy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina

No Means No: Sexual Assault of American Women in Vietnam

Rebecca McGee, Texas Tech University

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hbFMyifUSqKYDPSvqsm9Fw

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Session 3B: Vietnamization: Economic, Military, Socio-political, and Diplomatic Consequences

Commentator/Moderator: Anhlan Nguyen, DBA, Development and Marketing Director of the Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam

Deficit Financing in Wartime South Vietnam: The Major Reform of 1970-1971

Pham Do Chi, Ph.D. Independent Scholar

Vietnamization: The Precondition to Peace Without Honor

Truong Duy Nong, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam

A Diplomatic Observation of U.S.-Vietnam Relations during the Vietnam War

Alex-Thai D. Vo, Ph.D., Research Fellow, US-Vietnam Research Center, University of Oregon

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EfssBuanQNuBkVKSM6Ua2Q

3:00 PM: Break

3:30 PM: Sessions 4

Session 4A: The War on the Ground in South Vietnam

Commentator/Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

PSYOPS in Vietnam: Another Story of Lost Opportunity

Kyle Rable, Bowling Green University

Halting Hanoi: Godleys Clandestine Coalition and the Defense of Military Region II, 1970

Jeff Schultz, Luzerne County Community College

The Fate of Agent Blue, the Arsenic Based Herbicide, Used in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War

Ken Olson, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kLQJOsAgQ-iJReSUqYTCOA

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Session 4B: Vietnam War Authors Panel

Commentator/Moderator: Justin Simundson, Ph.D., US Air Force Academy

Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, and the Presidency: The Speech of March 31, 1968

David Zarefsky, Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies, Northwestern University

War in the Villages, U.S. Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons in the Vietnam War

Ted N. Easterling, PhD., Independent Scholar, Vietnam Veteran

Storms over the Mekong: Major Battles of the Vietnam War

William Head, Ph.D., Warner Robins Air Logistics Center

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6fsKl9Y3TfGQRBOZN1OQtw

5:00 PM: Break

 

5:30 PM: Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict, Texas Tech University

Differing Realities for Negotiating Peace in Vietnam: 1970 and 1971 in Washington, Saigon, and Hanoi

Larry Berman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yDpA6_7pRRS4ws4nyCDyCg

Saturday, April 10

8:30 AM: Sessions 5

Session 5A: The Son Tay Raid: The Greatest Thing that Happened in the Vietnam War

Commentator/Moderator: Cliff Westbrook, Captain, USAF (inactive)

A Discussion Featuring:

John Gargus, Colonel, USAF (retired)

Terry Buckler, Sergeant, USA (inactive)

Patrick St.Clair, Command Sgt Major, USA (retired)

Lee Ellis, Colonel, USAF (retired)

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Nyx8iVuuQA-ZJIPBSBYffQ

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Session 5B: Direct and Indirect Protest Against the War

Commentator/Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

MAYDAY 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

Lawrence Roberts, Journalist and Author

Masters of War: Daniel Ellsbergs Decision to Leak the Pentagon Papers

Danielle McLennan, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6AZrul0ySO6_2CYuRA-jrw

10:00 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Sessions 6

Session 6A: The War in Cambodia

Commentator/Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Tightening the Purse Strings: Congress, Cambodia, and the Vietnam War

David Prentice, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University

American presence in Cambodia from the Cambodian Incursion to Chenla II: The Question of Sources, Archive, and Local Viewpoints

Stephanie Benzaquen-Gautier Ph.D., University of Nottingham (UK)

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mUc44ocUQK–7YhT4k9Xsg

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Session 6B: The Soldier and the Diplomat: Human Engagement in the Vietnam War in 1970-71

Commentator/Moderator: Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University

1970: A Conscientious Objectors Personal History in a Pivotal Year

Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., Gannon University

A Society Much Buffeted by Change: Planning the All-Volunteer Force in 1970

William Taylor, Ph.D. Angelo State University

Americans were wrong in all of their calculations. Meeting of First Secretaries Le Duan and Władysław Gomułka on May 5, 1970

Jarema Slowiak, Ph.D., Jagiellonian University

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RxirXZw5Tneuceo_7Ca_Bg

12:15 PM: Lunchtime Presentation

Introduction: Laura Calkins, Ph.D., Academic Programs, Institute for Peace & Conflict and Associate Professor of History, Texas Tech University

The Cambodian Incursion

Inette Miller, Author of Girls Dont! A Womans War in Vietnam; War Correspondent, Time Magazine

Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-NzpwVkcT32RIN-6TPK0AA

Immediately following Lunch Presentation (Same Webinar)

Conference Closing Remarks

Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict,

Texas Tech University

Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson

Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

End of Conference

Please note: Attendees must register for each session. Due to Zoom licensing restrictions, some of our webinar sessions might be limited to 100 attendees. If you are prevented from attending any sessions due to those restrictions, we will be recording all sessions and will post them online shortly after the event. We apologize for any inconvenience.