1968 and the Tet Offensive

27 April - 28 April 2018
MCM Elegante - Lubbock, Texas

The views and opinions expressed in these papers, presentations, and videos are strictly those of the presenters and authors and do not represent the Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, or the State of Texas.

Friday, April 27th

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[Petroleum Room]
8:00 AM-. : Welcoming Remarks

Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    8:15 AM-. Session 1: Plenary Session: The Tet Offensive in Historical Perspective

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

    •   Bill Allison Ph.D. , Georgia Southern University Howard Jones, Ph.D., University of Alabama Edwin Moise, Ph.D., Clemson University
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    10:15 AM-. 2A: The Search for Peace in the Midst of War

    Moderator: Toby Rider, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    •   Earl Martin , Independent Researcher
    •   Donald Sensenig , Independent Researcher
    •   Joseph (Matt) Dietz LTC , US Air Force/University of North Texas
    Video

    [University Room]
    10:15 AM-. 2B: Media Coverage of the Vietnam War in 1968

    Moderator: Stephen Sherman, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran

    •   Stephen Sherman
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    10:15 AM-. 2C: International Perspectives on 1968

    Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Department of History/Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

    •   Paul Bjerk Ph.D. , Texas Tech University (Presented by Justin Hart)
    •   Hosub Shim MAJ , Army of the Republic of Korea/University of Kansas
    •   Philip Webster , Texas Tech University
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    12:00 PM-. : Lunch Presentation

    •   Kyle Longley Ph.D. , Arizona State University
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    1:30 PM-. 3A: Memory and Memorialization

    Moderator: Steven Trout, Ph.D., University of South Alabama

    •   Erin McCoy Ph.D. , University of South Carolina (Beaufort)
    •   Alfredo Aguilar , Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University
    •   Jarema Slowiak , Ph.D. Candidate, Jagiellonian University, Poland
    Video

    [University Room]
    1:30 PM-. 3B: The Images and Geography of War

    Moderator: David Perlmutter, Ph.D., Dean of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University

    •   Ted Engelmann, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Kenneth Olson, Ph.D., University of Illinois
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    1:30 PM-. 3C: Tet, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and Their Allies

    Moderator: Hai Nguyen, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    •   Marc Gilbert, Ph.D., Hawaii Pacific University
    •   Ha Dong, University of North Texas
    •   Vu Thi Phung, Associate Professor, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    3:30 PM-. 4A: Veteran Perspectives

    Moderator: Julie Willett, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    •   Joan Boyd, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Larry Cole, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Robert Anderson, Independent Researcher (Presented by Justin Hart)
    Video

    [University Room]
    3:30 PM-. 4B: Tet, Public Opinion, and the Election of 1968

    Moderator: Bill Allison, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University

    •   Edwin Moise, Ph.D., Clemson University
    •   Joshua Cochran, Ph.D., Michigan State University
    •   Glenn Robins, Ph.D., Georgia Southwestern State University
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    6:30 PM-. : CONFERENCE BANQUET

    Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

    •   James Willbanks, Ph.D.

    Saturday, April 28th

    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    8:00 AM-. 5A: The Battle for Hue and the Hue Massacre

    Moderator: Martin Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College

    •   William Taylor, Ph.D., Angelo State University
    •   Cody Billock, San Diego State University
    •   Don North, Vietnam War News Correspondent, ABC News
    Video

    [University Room]
    8:00 AM-. 5B: Eyewitness Accounts

    Moderator: Joel Frary, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University

    •   Mike Dedrick, Interrogator/Intelligence Analyst, Combined Military Interrogation Center (CMIC), Saigon, 1968
    •   Kenneth Moorefield, Ambassador, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Neil Olsen, Ph.D., Fort Douglas Military Museum
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    10:30 AM-. 6A: U.S. Military Operations

    Moderator: William Taylor, Ph.D., Angelo State University

    •   Martin Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College
    •   Edward J. Marolda, Ph.D., U.S. Naval Institute
    •   Dale Stith, Tet Participant, Independent Researcher
    Video

    [University Room]
    10:30 AM-. 6B: The Culture of War: Managing Military-Civilian Tensions

    Moderator: Amber Batura, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University

    •   Chi Ha, Texas Tech University
    •   Theo Milonopoulos, Columbia University
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    10:30 AM-. 6C: The Cauldron of 1968

    Moderator: Dave Lewis, Colonel, USAF (Retired), Texas Tech University

    •   Kyle Horst, Independent Researcher
    •   LtCol Edward T. Nevgloski, USMC (ret), Edwin N. McClellan Research Fellow, Marine Corps History Division, Marine Corps University, and PhD Candidate at King's College, London
    •   Thomas Reinstein, Temple University
    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    11:45 AM-. : Lunch Presentation

    Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

    •   Marc Gilbert, Ph.D., Hawaii Pacific University
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    1:15 PM-. 7A: Questioning Established Narratives

    Moderator: Randy McBee, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    •   Mack Payne, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Paul Schmehl, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    •   Stephen Sherman, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran
    Video

    [University Room]
    1:15 AM-. 7B: The Psychological Impact of the Tet Offensive

    Moderator: Justin Simundson, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    •   Mervyn Roberts Ph.D., Central Texas College
    •   Keith Saliba Ph.D., Jacksonville University
    •   James Sandy Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington
    Video

    [Cotton Room]
    3:15 PM-. 8A: Rethinking the Tet Offensive: Hanoi’s Long-Term Victory in South Vietnam’s Provinces

    Moderator: Erik Villard, Ph.D., Digital Historian, US Army Center for Military History Commentator: Edwin Moise, Ph.D., Clemson University

    •   Kevin M. Boylan, Ph.D., Emmanuel College, Boston MA
    •   Thomas Richardson, Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia
    •   Robert J. Thompson, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
    Video

    [University Room]
    3:15 PM-. 8B: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico Commentator/Moderator: Steven Trout, Ph.D., University of South Alabama A Conversation