- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University’s President Guy Bailey presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Vietnam Center founder Dr. James Reckner during the annual Global Vision Award ceremony to recognize the individual or office especially active in promoting campus internationalization during the previous year. TTU’s Office of International Affairs hosted the award ceremony at the International Cultural Center, and this year’s event was held on April 21.
The Office of International Affairs selected Dr. Reckner because of his pioneering contributions to establishing the Vietnam Center and his dedication to the institution over many years. Thanks to his efforts, and the dedicated staff he assembled, the Vietnam Center and Archives now hold one of the major collections of related documents in the world, and the Center organizes and hosts major events related to the Vietnam era. Dr. Reckner has also worked tirelessly to create a number of partnerships between Vietnamese institutions and TTU. In addition, he has led initiatives to assist Vietnamese institutes of higher learning in a number of ways, such as establishing scholarships to allow Vietnamese students to attend university in their home country.
The annual Global Vision Award, first given in 2003, was created to recognize a faculty member, administrator or organization whose contributions inspired students to study and experience cultures abroad, as well as encourage a broader understanding of the world. It has since expanded to recognize a broader achievement in promoting campus internationalization.
The Winter 2011 issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter is now available online. This issue include articles on two upcoming events: the 7th Triennial Vietnam Symposium; and the first lecture in the 2011 Guest Lecture Series- Adrian Cronauer.
If you would like to receive a full color printed version of this newsletter in your mailbox, please consider becoming a friend of the Vietnam Center. Membership information can be found on our Firends of the Vietnam Center webpage.
Membership Information: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/friends/
The 7th Triennial Vietnam Symposium is just two weeks away, but there is still time to register.
The symposium will be held at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock on March 10-12th. This year’s symposium includes presentations on a wide variety of topics, with presenters from around the United States, Australia, Scotland, China, Vietnam, and Germany. The complete agenda, hotel information, and an online registration form are available on the symposium website: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/symposium.htm
We hope to see you there!
The Vietnam Center and Archive has a full schedule of events coming up over the next few months:
March 10-12, 8:00am-5:00pm: 7th Triennial Vietnam Symposium at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center [symposium information, agenda, and registration: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/symposium.htm]
March 10, 7:00pm: 2011 Guest Lecture Series presents Adrian Cronauer at the Lanier Auditorium of the TTU Law School [more information: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS]. The lecture will be preceded by a special invitation-only reception with Mr. Cronauer for Friends of the Vietnam Center.
April 6-13: 3rd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival (4 films: Green Dragon, Rashomon, The Toll of the Sea, and Kim’s Story). All films at the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library [more information and film show times: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/2011filmfestival]
April 14, 7:00pm: 2011 Guest Lecture Series presents Kim Phuc at the Allen Theatre of the TTU Student Union Building [more information: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS]
May 12, 7:00pm: 2011 Guest Lecture Series presents LeAnn Thieman at the Allen Theatre of the TTU Student Union Building [more information: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS]
We will post more information about each of these events as the dates get closer.
Funeral services for DaNita Buckley will be on Saturday, February 19th at 11:00am at Oakwood Baptist Church, 6002 Ave. U, Lubbock, TX. DaNita passed away on February 7th. She spent the last 9 years at Texas Tech, and will be greatly missed.
The agenda for the 2011 7th Triennial Vietnam Symposium is now available online. The symposium will occur on March 10-12, 2011, at the Overton Hotel and Convention Center in Lubbock. Presenters will speak on a wide variety of topics.
Please note that speakers and the schedule are subject to change, and we will update this agenda as changes become available.
A registration form for the symposium is available online as well.
We hope to see you there!
We are very sad to inform our friends and supporters that Ms. DaNita Buckley died yesterday, February 7, 2011. She spent the last nine years with us at Texas Tech University and was a wonderful friend and colleague. We miss her very much. We will post information about memorial and funeral services when they become available.
This is a free event open to the public.
Traditional Vietnamese food will be served. A special presentation will be given by the Vietnamese Student Association at Texas Tech. Please join us and learn more about the rich heritage and culture that makes Vietnam so remarkable.
February 3, 2011 ushered in the Lunar Year of the Cat. In Vietnam, one of 12 animals of the zodiac represents each year. The cat symbolizes sensitivity, gentleness and kindness. It is said that people born in the year of the cat are compassionate, ambitious and sentimental, but they are often very vulnerable to opportunistic and unscrupulous people.
The Vietnamese people regard Tet as their most important holiday. Food preparation for Tet is very time consuming and often requires days of cooking and, prior to the celebrations, people clean, paint, and decorate their homes. People avoid cleaning during Tet so that good luck will not be “swept away.”
We hope you will be able to join us on February 4, 2011 as we celebrate this special event!
For more information, please call (806) 742-3742 or visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu
Link to event flyer: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/tet/tet2011.pdf
Today is the start of Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration and 2011 is the year of the cat. To celebrate this great holiday, we have created an online exhibit that is an exploration of the Tết holiday and its customs, history and traditions supplemented with photos and documents from our collection. If you would like to learn about this unique holiday please click on the link below to see our exhibit.
Forty-three years ago today the North Vietnamese launched a massive countrywide attack against almost all of the major cities and province capitals in South Vietnam, breaking the truce called for the Tết holiday and forever changing the course of the war. This countrywide assault became known as the Tet Offensive. To commemorate this historic event, the staff of the Vietnam Archive have created exhibits detailing the events of the Tet Offensive and three of the offensive’s major battles: Hue – the Imperial City, the Battle of Khe Sanh, and the Battle for Saigon. In addition to the exhibits, there is a new subject guide to help people locate materials about the Tet Offensive in our collection. Links to the exhibits and subject guide are below.
The Tet Offensive
Tet Offensive Subject Guide