The Rise and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem: Its Implications for the United States and Vietnam

23 October - 25 October 2003
Texas Tech University International Cultural Center - Lubbock, Texas

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Friday, October 24th

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8:45 am-. Opening Remarks: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Dr. James Reckner , Director, the Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University
  •   Ambassador Tibor P. Ngay
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9:00 am-. Session 1: Diem's Suprising Savior in the 1950s: Mike Mansfield, a Famous Dove

Moderator: Don Oberdorfer, Author-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC

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10:00 am-. Session 2: Communist Reaction to the Coup

Moderator: Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Phong, Texas Tech University

  •   General Nguyen Khanh , former Prime Minister and Head of State
  •   Bui Tin , PAVN Colonel and author of 'Following Ho Chi Minh' (1995) and 'From Enemies to Friends' (2002)
  •   Dr. Laura Calkins , Independent Scholar
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12:00 pm-. Lunch: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Congressman Randy Neugebauer
  •   Col. Herb Schandler
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1:30 pm-. Session 3: The Buddhist Movement

Moderator: Dr, David Anderson, University of Indianapolis

  •   Ed Miller , Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
  •   Dr. Mark Moyer , George Bush School of Govt. and Public Service, Texas A&M University
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3:00 pm-. Session 4: Late President Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam as Seen by Members of the Family and by Some of His Friends

Moderator: Dr. Andre Nguyen Van Chau

    3:45 pm-. Session 5: Status Report on the Virtual Vietnam Archive

    Moderator: Steven Maxner, Associate Director (Archives), The Vietnam Center

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      8:00 pm-. Banquet: Reception/Break/Other

      •   Major General Alexander "Bud" Bolling , USA (ret)

      Saturday, October 25th

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      8:45 am-. Session 6: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Media

      Moderator: Dr. Ed Youngblood, Texas Tech University

      •   Martinia T. Nguyen , Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
      •   Dr. Louis J. Campomenosi , Assistant Dean, University College of Tulane and Adjunct Prof. of Political Science, Tulane University
      •   Matt Masur , Doctoral Candidate, Ohio State University
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      10:30 am-. Session 7: Relations with Americans

      Moderator: Dr. Richard Verrone, The Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University

      •   Dr. Joseph Morgan , Iona University
      •   Stephen B. Young , Independent Scholar
      •   Geoff Stewart , Doctoral Candidate, University of Western Ontario, Canada
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      12:00 pm-. Lunch: Reception/Break/Other

      Moderator: Dr. Charles Neu, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

      •   Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Phong , Senior Research Associate, The Vietnam Center
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      1:30 pm-. Session 8: Reception/Break/Other

      Moderator: Dr. Charles Neu, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

      •   Cols. Vuong Van Dong and Nguyen Huy Loi , both officers participated in the coup with Maj. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Thi
      •   Hieu Dinh Vu , Independent Scholar
      •   Daniel Tu , Undergraduate Student, the University of Tulsa
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      3:00 pm-. Session 9: Reception/Break/Other

      Moderator: Dr. David Snead, Texas Tech University

      •   Dr. Geoffery D. T. Shaw , Independent Scholar
      •   Dr. Neil Olson
      •   Captain Matthew Lerner , USMC, 2nd Marine Division