Conferences, Symposia, and Events

To encourage continued study of all aspects of America's Vietnam experience, the Vietnam Center has developed an active program of conferences and symposia. Through these annual conferences and symposia, the Vietnam Center has brought together scholars, diplomats, statesmen, military professionals and veterans to discuss, debate and further understand the complex events that shaped the American experience in Southeast Asia. Past participants and speakers at these events include the Vietnam Center's former National Advisory Council Chairman Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.; former CIA Director William E. Colby; Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson; former South Vietnamese Prime Minister General Nguyen Khanh; Peoples Army of Vietnam Lieutenant General Nguyen Dinh Uoc; General William B. Rosson, US Army (retired); noted journalist Peter Braestrup and many others.

Since 1993, the Vietnam Center has conducted an annual conference focused on specific topics, such as the advisory effort in Vietnam, the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, etc. Every three years the Center hosts a much wider-ranging symposium, at which participants are encouraged to present papers on any topic relating to the American experience in Vietnam. These events provide a forum for scholars, students, authors and veterans to present new research. They also encourage others to continue research in this important field. In this respect, the Vietnam Center very actively encourages graduate students to attend and present papers.

Calendar of Upcoming Events and Closures

In addition to annual conferences, the Vietnam Center and Archive hosts a range of other events throughout the year, ranging from guest lectures to banquets to our annual Vietnamese New Year (Tet) celebration.

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  • Note: Jan K. Herman was the chief medical historian of the Navy from 1979 to 2012, the curator of the Old Naval Observatory, and editor-in-chief of Navy Medicine for 30 years. Since 2000, he has written and produced documentaries for the US Navy highlighting its medical service. In the documentary and its companion book, The Lucky Few, Herman tells the “relatively unknown heroic tale” of one small US Navy destroyer escort’s participation in the closing days of the Vietnam War. Herman has authored more than 50 articles and monographs plus five other books. Captain Paul Jacobs (USN, retired) will also be in attendance. Jacobs served as commanding officer of the USS Kirk in April-May 1975 during Operation Frequent Wind (the evacuation of Saigon), during which the USS Kirk escorted the ships of the South Vietnamese Navy and 30,000 refugees to safety. This lecture is sponsored by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation and co-sponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech University.

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Past Conferences, Symposia, and Events