- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Guest Lecture Series
The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.
This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.
The Vietnam Center and Archive will include the following speakers in the 2013 series (speakers, dates, times and locations are subject to change):
Col. Mike Mullane
A 1967 graduate of West Point, Mullane was commissioned in the USAF and served as a Weapon Systems Operator aboard an RF-4C Phantom, completing 150 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1978 he was selected as a Mission Specialist for the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space before retiring in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.
Previous 2013 Lectures
Major General (Ret.) W. Montague Winfield
Location: Lanier Auditorium, TTU School of Law
The current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the DPMO, General Winfield is responsible for leading the Department of Defense worldwide commitment to the fullest possible accounting of Americans missing in action from all conflicts. Winfield served in the US Army for 31 years, commanding at every level and holding staff positions up through the Joint Staff, ending his career as the Commanding General of the US Army Cadet Command. He also served as the Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA and as the first Commanding General of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Hawaii. He received numerous military decorations during his distinguished military career, including the Distinguished Service Medal, two Defense Superior Service Medals, and three Legions of Merit. He is Ranger, French Commando, Airborne, and Air Assault qualified. He earned a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Education from Virginia State University, and is a graduate of the Marine Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, the US Navy Lean Six Sigma College and the US Army Comptrollers School.
Karl Marlantes, 7:00pm
Location: Lanier Auditorium, TTU School of Law
Marlantes is the bestselling author of Matterhorn: a Novel of the Vietnam War and What it is Like to Go to War. The latter title was named a top book of 2011 by Amazon.com. The Washington Post called it "a well-crafted and forcefully argued work that contains fresh and important insights into what it’s like to be in a war and what it does to the human psyche." A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Location: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium
Cosponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech University
An award winning filmmaker, scholar, and social activist, Poeuv is the founder and CEO of Khmer Legacies, an organization whose mission is to create a video archive of testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian genocide. Ms. Poeuv was born in a Thai refugee camp after her parents fled Cambodia in the midst of the Pol Pot regime. They emigrated to the U.S. when she was two years old. Her 2006 film, New Year Baby, documents her return to Cambodia to learn what happened to her family during the terror of the Khmer Rouge. The film has won multiple awards, including Amnesty International’s "Movies That Matter" Human Rights Cinema Award and the Crystal Heart Award for expressing "hope and respect for the positive values of life." The film was broadcast nationally as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. Her presentation will include a free screening of New Year Baby.
This lecture and film showing is cosponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech University.
New Year Baby is the first film in the Vietnam Center and Archive's 5th Annual APAHM Film Festival. For more information about this and the other films in the festival, including show times, see the 2013 Film Festival page.
- Admission is free and open to the public.
- Times and dates are subject to change. Please check this page or our Facebook Page for updated information.
- If you require special accommodations, please call Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010.
- Disclaimer:The views and opinions expressed by these speakers are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Vietnam Center and Archive and Texas Tech University.
Previous Years' Lecture Series Pages
Previous Lecture Videos
- Adrian Cronauer
- Kim Phuc - lecture unavailable online
- LeAnn Thieman
- Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic
- Capt. Dave Carey
- Dr. Lewis "Bob" Sorley
- Brigadier General Tom Draude
- Dr. Raymond Scurfield
- Dick Rutan
- Rocky Bleier